Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Anytime there’s a disaster in the United States, you’re sure to hear the acronym FEMA. Find out what this government agency does—and doesn’t—do.
Source: Business Insider
Do you think you know what to do during an earthquake, a tornado, or a hurricane? Many people still think these six common myths are true. Learn why they’re untrue and what you should actually do instead during these disasters.
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Find out about the range of recent extreme weather events worldwide.
Source: Business Insider
While still a teenager, Boyan Slat of the Netherlands founded the Ocean Cleanup to address the environmental disaster of plastic marine debris. Now one of his ideas is being put into action. But will it work?
Long after the storm has subsided, the devastating effects of a powerful hurricane can linger.
Man-made disasters are entirely preventable. Watch this video to find out why the warning signs of a deadly chain of events in 20th-century Italy were ignored.
Source: The Washington Post
A diaspora is a scattering of people who all originally came from the same place. See some examples of how the lives of people scattered by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina have changed.
Each year, disasters drive an average of 31.5 million people from their homes, and many remain homeless for months or years afterward. In this speech, Michael McDaniel outlines his efforts to design, build, and find support for a temporary shelter for disaster victims. Will he succeed? View the video and decide for yourself.
Survivors of natural disasters have more to deal with than simply rebuilding lost homes. Many will also suffer from PTSD: post-traumatic stress disorder.
Source: University of Nebraska
Any weather extreme can result in disaster. Click the links to learn about the causes and effects of severe lack of rainfall.
Source: How Stuff Works
Nuclear meltdowns are very rare but dangerous. Read about how nuclear reactors work and what causes a meltdown.
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Explore this site to find out how to prepare for all kinds of disasters, from drought to winter storms.
Half a century ago, fallout shelters were everywhere. One of these well-stocked little bunkers, meant to protect people from the fallout of an atomic bomb, is now part of history.
Source: California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
Not all forests fires are bad. In fact, fire is an important part of the life cycle of forests. Read about how fires can benefit trees and the animals that live among them.
Get the big picture of types and impacts of natural disasters by clicking around this page. You’ll find graphs ranking disasters by type, location, damage done, and much more.
Source: National Geographic
As ocean temperatures warm, disasters that have not occurred in recorded history are becoming the norm.
Source: Live Science
In recent years we’ve heard at lot about the possibility of the volcanoes at Yellowstone erupting. Find out the facts about this rumored disaster.
Good design isn’t just nice to look at; it can also save lives. Read about a school desk designed for disaster.
Source: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
In the mid-20th century a new type of potential disaster emerged in the form of atomic warfare. Learn about how school children were instructed to protect themselves.
Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
There is no way to prevent tsunamis, the powerful waves that can devastate coastal areas. But it is possible to prepare for them, and even get warnings when they are coming. Learn about the causes and effects of tsunamis, and how research can save lives when they strike.