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Antionette Kerr

27 May 2020

North Carolina, United States

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Mobilized to help North Carolina’s second-poorest county recover from two major hurricanes over the past four years, the Robeson County Disaster Recovery Coalition pivoted to provide COVID-19 relief and brace for the ...

New Haven Independent

Ambika Samarthya-Howard

20 January 2020

Puerto Rico, United States

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La Maraña, a nonprofit in Puerto Rico, created a model for how communities could recover from disasters like the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017. By including community voices in the design and planning ...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Wyatt Massey

27 August 2019

Decatur, Alabama, United States

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Rather than wait for disaster to strike, a network of churches across the Southern United States brings volunteers together to pack buckets with the essentials to prepare for families whose homes have been damaged by ...

Carolina Public Press

John Sharpe

26 July 2019

North Carolina, United States

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Coastal cities across South and North Carolina are considering the benefits of underground power lines. With hurricane winds doing major damage to above-ground lines, buried lines often go unharmed, leaving residents ...

CBS News

Nichole Marks

21 July 2019

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Designing room for rivers and coastlines can mitigate catastrophe. Following a massive flood in 1953, the Dutch government reallocated its resources toward disaster prevention and mitigation. Through measures like bui...

Vox

Kimberly Mas

Diana Budds

11 June 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Resilient infrastructure is one way to prepare cities for the unpredictable effects of climate change. In Staten Island, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, officials have secured millions in funding to build a s...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

3 June 2019

Ganjam, Odisha, India

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A group of women in the state of Odisha, India works as the district's disaster responders in an area that has seen a record number of monsoons and other tropical storms. The women, many of whom live in the region's m...

Ensia

Laurie Mazur

23 April 2019

De Soto, Missouri, United States

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Connecting residents affected by flooding to networks of expertise turns victims into activists. In De Soto, Missouri, the Citizen’s Committee for Flood Relief found support from Higher Ground, a nonprofit organizatio...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

21 March 2019

Gundalba, Odisha, India

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Biodiversity and forest cover in Gundalba rebounded after a women-led group started using whistles and rotational patrols to scare away timber smugglers and woodcutters. The group also helped neighboring villages coor...

Pacific Standard

Karim Doumar

1 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Hunters Point South Park, a newly built park in Queens, NY, is functioning as a community space even before the addition of low- and middle- income housing slated for the area. But even more than that, the park has al...

CityLab

Karim Doumar

24 October 2018

Queens, New York, United States

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In Queens, New York an industrial site along the East River has been transformed into an 11-acre park that offers quiet greenspace and recreation opportunities, but is also designed to withstand storms and tidal surge...

CityLab

Linda Poon

22 October 2018

Houston, Texas, United States

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The city of Houston is changing its approach to measuring the full scope of damage from Hurricane Harvey so it can get help where it is most needed and improve future flood mitigation. Using data from numerous sources...

The Washington Post

Patricia Sullivan

17 October 2018

Blountstown, Florida, United States

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Small, cost-effective improvements to home construction were often the difference between houses that suffered small amounts of damage from Florida hurricanes and those that were destroyed. Knowing to ask for extra na...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

24 September 2018

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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To better position services during and after natural disasters, many nonprofits are turning towards mapping technology. Specifically, Facebook’s Disaster Maps share usage data to indicate movement, such as where peopl...

The New York Times

Frances Robles

Jugal K. Patel

20 September 2018

Punta Santiago, Puerto Rico, United States

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FEMA’s response to Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Irma has been the “longest sustained domestic airborne food and water mission in the nation’s history. The agency has never distributed more food or installed more generat...

Next City

Emily Nonko

5 September 2018

Florida, United States

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A community land trust is helping people in the Keys find another home, after Hurricane Irma ravished the area. “Four cottages are expected to wrap construction this fall, with another five finished by early 2019.” Th...

CityLab

Nicole Javorsky

27 August 2018

Florida, United States

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Affordable housing for Florida Keys residents is often vulnerable to damage or destruction by extreme weather. The Monroe County Land Trust has created housing that is both affordable for county residents and built to...

Devex

Kelli Rogers

2 August 2018

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh has become a leader in disaster preparedness through its strategy of training thousands of community members to give early warnings on cyclones and other disasters. This approach has saved thousands of live...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Irina Zhorov

7 June 2018

Puerto Rico

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In Puerto Rico, a group of older women came together to cook meals inside a community kitchen. So far, it’s fed hundreds of people in Puerto Rico, and has brought the women together. ““This is like a therapy for us.”

The Washington Post

Samuel Granados

28 February 2018

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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In the wake of Hurricane Maria, artists are putting on performances of all kinds in traditional and non-traditional spaces. These performances provide entertainment; express pain, loss, and anger; satirize and critiqu...

The New York Times

Patrick McGeehan

27 February 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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When the same winter storm hit two airports only 200 miles apart from one another, the locations had very different reactions that resulted in functionality for one, and complete shutdown for the other. What can Kenne...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

30 January 2018

United States

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Although alcohol and driving don't typically go hand-in-hand, researchers found one way to successfully and safely combine the two. By taking the by-products of the distilling process and combining them with the typic...

BBC

Fi Glover

17 January 2018

Cuba

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Following a devastating hurricane in the early 1960s, Cuba created a model disaster preparedness infrastructure that includes excellent forecasting, education in schools and promoting a culture of nationwide training ...

BBC

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Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

16 January 2018

Cuba

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Cuba has one of the world’s lowest storm fatality rates in part because citizens learn how to prepare and respond to hurricanes beginning in elementary school. Children know where to go in an evacuation, neighbors ope...

Houston Chronicle

Mihir Zaveri

15 December 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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Following Hurricane Harvey, Houston officials are taking steps to better prepare the city for flooding. Two damns, Addicks and Barker, have long been in need of repairs to increase their capacity and resilience, and a...

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