Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Brigid Bergin : Reporter
Thursday, August 22, 2013
By David Furst : NJPR
It's sobering that one of our first back-to-school stories this August is all about a "shooter drill" in New Jersey. But that's the reality of back-to-school, 2013-style. This was a major school shooting simulation that took place at Liberty Middle School in West Orange on Tuesday. The story was reported by West Orange Patch.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Retired U.S. Coast Guard admiral Thad Allen discusses his recent appointment by Gov. Cuomo to co-chair the NYS Respond Commission on emergency preparedness in the state, and his experience. Allen coordinated federal response in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and was the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is also a Senior Vice President at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
By Bob Hennelly
Experts say getting real time information to city residents during an emergency is critical to helping them make the right choices so they can survive a natural or man made disaster that can crop up with little warning.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Daniel Aldrich and his wife had moved to New Orleans in 2005 and was caught off guard by Hurricane Katrina. The experience inspired the political science professor, to study how communities respond to natural disasters. This has taken him on a journey around the world, researching resilience in India and Japan.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
By Sarah Montague : Senior Producer
After getting the perspective of rescue organizations and government officials for a WNYC story on emergency animal rescue, I wanted to find out how NYC pet owners and their animals had actually responded to the crisis/threat of Irene, so I conducted an unofficial survey among a few neighbors and colleagues.
A recent poll commissioned by the ASPCA (conducted by Lake Research Partners) found that “one-third (35 percent) of cat and dog owners don’t have a disaster preparedness plan in place.” However, the responses I got suggested at least a heightened level of awareness.
Monday, September 19, 2011
By Yasmeen Khan
Nearly three-quarters of New York City residents said they prepared their households for Tropical Storm Irene, according to a new Siena poll out today. That means they stocked up on extra food and water, and kept flashlights and extra batteries on hand. More than half of city residents also prepared a "go bag" with clothes, medicines and important papers. Less than half said they had an emergency plan in place.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Historian Scott Gabriel Knowles tells how a diverse collection of professionals—insurance inspectors, engineers, scientists, journalists, public officials, civil defense planners, and emergency managers—emerged as the authorities on risk and disaster and, in the process, shaped modern America. The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America offers historical context for understanding who the experts are that influence decisions, how they became powerful, and why they are only slightly closer today than a decade ago to protecting the public from disasters.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Unfortunately, Americans have always been terrible at saving: There have been lots of surveys and statistics that have proven this through the years. But a new survey provides shocking evidence that not only do many people not have any emergency savings on hand, they don’t even have a Plan B – no credit, no family to rely on, no belongings to pawn. They are the “financially fragile.”
Monday, February 14, 2011
911 Emergency call systems across the country are in dire need upgrading to be compatible with satellite and cell phone technology. But for years, New York, along with nine other states, has been diverting hundreds of millions of dollars intended for improving 911 Emergency call systems to its general fund in an attemt to help balance the budget.
Monday, January 31, 2011
By Bob Hennelly
On Tuesday, the City Council will hold a hearing on the Bloomberg administration's overhaul of the city's 911 emergency call system. City officials have known the system was inadequate and badly in need of updating since September 11, 2001.
In fact, the 911 Commission flagged the call system as a problem in its comprehensive report.
“The 911 system was not equipped to handle the enormous volume of calls it received. Some callers were unable to connect with 911 operators, receiving an ‘all circuits busy’ message,” the 911 Commission concluded. “Transfers were often plagued by delays and were in some cases unsuccessful. Many calls were also prematurely disconnected.”
Almost a decade after September 11, 2001, callers to 911 in a high volume scenario may still find that the system continues to fail New Yorkers when they need it most.
On an average day, 911 handles 30,000 calls without a problem. But when there are large-scale emergencies that prompt wider calls for help, the system still can’t handle it. Callers are more likely to get a busy signal or a recording.
There have been recent upgrades, but the critics contend that some of the most recent changes to the system for efficiency may actually be a step backward for accuracy, for key information like where exactly to send a fire truck.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
By Bob Hennelly
On Monday morning, New Jersey was under a state of emergency and state government operations were closed except for emergency personnel. Across the Hudson in New York City, no emergency was declared, city offices kept regular hours, and Mayor Bloomberg pointed to the full audiences at Broadway shows.
But as the heavy snow stayed stacked on city streets through another full day on Tuesday, critics questioned Bloomberg's response.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
We talked yesterday with David Sanger, who writes for our partner The New York Times, about the very disturbing notion that North Korea has already become a nuclear power, and the possibility that Pyonyang could sell nuclear materials to enemy nations, or even terrorists. Sanger wrote his article with his colleague William Broad, who has another article in the Times today about whether Americans would know what to do in order to try and survive a nuclear bomb attack.
Monday, December 06, 2010
By Brigid Bergin : Reporter
Seven months after an attempted car bombing in Time Square, local leaders are shining a spotlight on the Great White Way’s emergency preparedness. And as the theater season hits its holiday peak, those who work on Broadway are giving themselves mixed reviews.