But first he had to rescue himself.
In my research on Canadian and American emergency management agencies, I've found significant differences between official disaster strategies and how disaster responses actually unfold. For example, 'lessons learned' and theories of emergency management consistently call for formal coordination of all the organizations involved in disaster response.
Funds dispersed under the decade-old Canada-U.S. deal built hundreds of houses in places like a once-underwater neighbourhood in New Orleans.
I know extreme winter weather because I'm from Saskatchewan. Smart prairie drivers keep an emergency kit in the trunk of their car for winter driving because they know that if anything goes wrong out on a desolate highway, they could easily perish in the cold if they don't have proper supplies.
Since I had lived through Calgary's flood, I was curious to see, or rather compare, how the two cities endured their respective misfortunes. Therein lied my assumption error in thinking that the two cities could be compared in terms of the devastation caused and the revitalization process thereafter.
Recovering from one of the most damaging natural disasters in Canadian history also means assessing the toll of the flood. There are some good reasons why New Orleans' situation is vastly different from the challenges Calgary confronts. However, Calgary faces some tests that New Orleans didn't.
When I met Soledad O'Brien for the first time in New York City, I was truly intrigued. Soledad was on her day off when we chatted. She was leaving the gym, and en route to do some errands as a multi-tasking career mom. Without further ado, I give you my interview with the brilliant and charismatic, Soledad O'Brien.
Natural disasters, like Hurricane Sandy, are common worldwide and leave the affected public vulnerable to the harsh realities of nature, including the onslaught of infectious diseases. The reality of any disaster of this magnitude is that public health measures are all but forgotten as people do everything they can to survive. The viruses will surely arrive before the area has recovered.
The economic cost of disasters in 2011 was the highest in history — costing at least $380 billion, mainly due to earthquakes
On my recent visit to New Orleans, I looked forward to seeing how well the city has recovered from the devastating impact