disaster mitigation

  • A new standard to help mitigate the effects of a disaster

    19 June 2020 by Natalie Mouyal
    No city can operate without electricity. In homes, electricity is used to power lights, refrigerators, washing machines and water pumps. It is used for trams, signalling systems, medical equipment in hospitals and...
  • Bright lights, big city

    15 May 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities. This growth is expected to continue with city residents estimated to make up two-thirds of the population by 2050. Megacities – with a population of...
  • Recovering from disasters

    15 February 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    From severe droughts to hurricanes and flooding, disasters appear more frequently and with a greater intensity than in the past. Recognizing the human and economic toll of these disasters caused by climate change, the...
  • Keeping spills and explosions at bay

    15 May 2018 by Claire Marchand
    Every year sees its share of oil spills, gas leaks or industrial explosions that could have dire consequences for human beings as well as for the environment. They can be caused by the wrong or faulty equipment, poor...
  • Dealing with natural and industrial disasters

    21 June 2017 by Morand Fachot
    Natural and industrial or accidental disasters can take many forms and have devastating human and material consequences. Some may be prevented or their impact mitigated through forecast, others not. Rescuing victims and...
  • Sensors at the heart of disaster relief

    21 April 2017 by Claire Marchand
    Long gone is the time when populations knew of an earthquake when it was actually happening, when rescue teams cleared rubble with their bare hands, when it took days to deliver food and medical supplies to devastated...
  • Robots to the rescue

    21 April 2017 by Peter Feuilherade
    Rapid advances in technology are revolutionizing the roles of aerial, terrestrial and maritime robotic systems in disaster relief, search and rescue (SAR) and salvage operations. Robots and drones can be deployed quickly...
  • Dealing with known unknowns – and knowns

    21 April 2017 by Morand Fachot
    Natural and industrial or accidental disasters can take many forms and have devastating human and material consequences. Some may be forecast, others not, and there may be a range of significantly different outcomes...
  • Warning, mitigating, rescuing

    21 April 2017 by Claire Marchand
    Natural disasters strike at regular intervals on our planet. As their number seems to be increasing over the years, numerous measures have been taken, at the national, regional or international level, to help prevent...