natural disasters
Outdoors

Be ready for any wilderness trek or natural disaster with the best survival gear

Whether you're preparing for a weekend in the woods or the ever-impending apocalypse, having the right gear you can depend on is critical. We’ve created a list of the best survival gear you should have on hand.
Emerging Tech

Scientists use a supercomputer to simulate one of history’s biggest quakes

Hoping to help improve quake defenses, researchers have used a supercomputer to carry out a simulation of the December 2004 earthquake and tsunami which caused the deaths of more than 200,000 people.
Outdoors

A modern-day Noah’s Ark? The Tsunamiball may help people survive natural disasters

In the wake of the 2011 tsunami that rocked Japan, designer Chris Robinson decided to begin work on a safety capsule called the Tsunamiball that would be able to help people stay safe during natural disasters.
Mobile

FEMA’s newly updated app helps you keep first responders in the loop

FEMA's updated app for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry provides a means for users to upload photos of ongoing hazards to an online database. It also serves preparedness reminders and resources.
Smart Home

Smart home camera gives Canadian man front-row seat to fiery demise of his house

While evacuating the Fort McMurray wildfire, town resident James O'Reilly and his wife watched as their home burned down via a smart home security camera. The couple had owned the home for nearly two decades prior to its destruction.
Social Media

#Sandy: Twitter activity could be more accurate than government data for mapping hurricane damage

Researchers from Melbourne, Australia used data of Twitter activity during Hurricane Sandy to map its damage. The results were surprisingly accurate, even when compared to hard data from state governments and FEMA.
Photography

Vicious circle (of life): 10 nature videos that will make you glad to be human

Think nature is just pretty flowers and landscapes? Then you haven't seen it riled up. From mega storms to battling sea creatures, these videos remind us that the circle of life shows no mercy.
Smart Home

It’s a disaster! Are you prepared?

Between hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes, almost every part of the country is afflicted with natural disasters. Having a disaster preparedness kit in your home can save your life and make riding out the storm far more…
Web

Google’s Public Alerts service launches in Japan, offers up-to-date information during natural disasters

Google has launched its Public Alerts service for people living in Japan. The online system will provide up-to-the-minute information and relevant emergency alerts in the event of a natural disaster.
Social Media

Twitter’s new Lifeline feature helps users in Japan access emergency information

Twitter launched a new feature today called Lifeline to help users in Japan access relevant information during an emergency.
Smart Home

Spare One cell phone runs off of a single AA battery and can last up to 15 years

This simplified cell phone runs off of a single AA battery, can last on standby for up to 15 years, and would make a perfect addition to any emergency kit.