Earthquake preparedness

Earthquake preparedness is a set of measures taken at the individual, organisational and societal level to minimise the effects of an earthquake. Preparedness measures can range from securing heavy objects, structural modifications and storing supplies, to having insurance, an emergency kit, and evacuation plans.[1] Continue reading “Earthquake preparedness”

Emergency Response Guidebook

The Emergency Response Guidebook: A Guidebook for First Responders During the Initial Phase of a Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Transportation Incident (ERG) is used by emergency response personnel (such as firefighters, paramedics and police officers) in Canada, Mexico, and the United States when responding to a transportation emergency involving hazardous materials. Continue reading “Emergency Response Guidebook”


Crowdmapping is a subtype of crowdsourcing[1][2] by which aggregation of crowd-generated inputs such as captured communications and social media feeds are combined with geographic data to create a digital map that is as up-to-date as possible[3] on events such as wars, humanitarian crises, crime, elections, or natural disasters.[4][5][6] Such maps are typically created collaboratively by people coming together over the Internet.[3][7] Continue reading “Crowdmapping”

Emergency sanitation

Emergency sanitation is the management and technical processes required to provide sanitation in emergency situations. Emergency sanitation is required during humanitarian relief operations for refugees, people affected by natural disasters and internally displaced persons.[1] Continue reading “Emergency sanitation”

Environmental emergency

An environmental emergency is defined as a “sudden-onset disaster or accident resulting from natural, technological or human-induced factors, or a combination of these, that causes or threatens to cause severe environmental damage as well as loss of human lives and property.” (UNEP/GC.22/INF/5, 13 November 2002.) Continue reading “Environmental emergency”

Health risks from dead bodies

The health risks of dead bodies are dangers related to the improper preparation and disposal of cadavers. While normal circumstances allow cadavers to be quickly embalmed, cremated, or buried, natural and man-made disasters can quickly overwhelm and/or interrupt the established protocols for dealing with the dead. Continue reading “Health risks from dead bodies”

Francisca Cooper Integral Evacuation and School Safety Plan

The Francisca Cooper Integral Evacuation and School Safety Plan (Spanish: Plan Integral de Evacuación y Seguridad Escolar Francisca Cooper), mostly known as Operación Deyse (English: Deyse Operation, Deyse being the acronym for de evacuación y seguridad escolar, in English of evacuation and school safety), is an emergency management system implemented in Chile for educational establishments. It was created in 1977 by the National Emergencies Office of the Interior Ministry of Chile, ONEMI.[1] Continue reading “Francisca Cooper Integral Evacuation and School Safety Plan”

Emergency evacuation procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic coincided with record-breaking wildfires in the western United States and a record number of hurricane landfalls in the southeastern United States. Continue reading “Emergency evacuation procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic”

Flash flood guidance system

The flash flood guidance system (FFGS) was designed and developed by the Hydrologic Research Center a non-profit public-benefit corporation located in of San Diego, CA, US, for use by meteorological and hydrologic forecasters throughout the world. Continue reading “Flash flood guidance system”