Disaster Essays

Tsunami Early Warning Systems

We have witnessed a lot of disasters occurring all over the world through the television, internet, cellular phones or other communication media. These disasters left us with ‘spill over’ effects that could last for many years. Our resources are depleted; we lose billions worth of property and assets, worst of all, we lose countless lives. These can be attributed to the unpreparedness of a country in facing the aftermath of natural disasters. The level of destruction after a natural disaster…

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The Causes for Tsunami

Abstract A tsunami is a set of ocean waves caused by any large, abrupt disturbance of the sea surface (NOAA, 2007). A very large disturbance can cause local devastation and export tsunami destruction even to thousands of miles away. Predicting when and where the next tsunami will strike are impossible, but once the tsunami is generated, forecasting tsunami arrival and impact is possible through modeling and measurement technologies. The recent development of real-time deep ocean tsunami detectors and tsunami inundation…

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The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Disaster

The Exxon-Valdez oil-spill disaster resonated with important issues such as: the economic nature of legal systems, the safety and health of individuals as opposed to the power of corporations, and the debate as to whether human cleanup efforts or the natural processing of toxins by the earth provided a better remedy for environmental disasters. It is possible that the exposed vulnerabilities of the legal system to the power of pure economic concerns is of a much more lasting and profound…

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Closed Book Vs Closed Notes Quiz

1. This is a closed-book, closed-notes quiz. No reference material (including assignments and labs) will be permitted for use during the quiz session. 2. The quiz contains the following types of questions: * Short essay type 3. Place your answers in the space immediately following each question. Quiz Questions 1. What does MAO define? Defines how long a business can be without system or applications before having adverse effects on the mission of the business. 2. Define CSFs for a…

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Tsunami Warning Systems

Do all areas that are prone to tsunamis have warning systems available? Unfortunately, the capabilities of technology are limited. We are told by Conrad Lautenbacher, (Lautenbacher, 2005) that, “Despite the extensive technology and procedures in place to detect tsunamis in the Pacific, no similar systems are in place in the Indian Ocean, which greatly increased the devastation caused by the December tsunami. With no buoys or tide gauges in the Indian Ocean, it was impossible to determine if a tsunami…

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The Next Catastrophe

A catastrophe is a sudden event that causes very great trouble or destruction or a bad situation.  This can be in the form of a terrorist activity or a disaster either God or man made.  After September 11, Business activities have been on catastrophes due to the economic implications of such disaster. Some countries in the united states and fir4st world countries are located at areas that may be prone to such economics of scale are aimed at achieving the…

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Hurricane Katrina Disaster Response

Bureaucratic/hierarchical model is a kind of organizational management wherein all the members of the organization contribute for the achievement of its purpose which is to give the best possible performance. It has rules and regulation which the members followed. and the personnel took orders from the top. The advantages of bureaucratic/hierarchical model include the following: its power and technical system is implemented by means of its rules and regulations; these rules are well-defined and managed fairly which are the reasons…

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Risk Management Business Contingency Plan

The qualitative risk analysis performed in a previous report identified eight notable risks associated with setting up a call-center presence in Québec, Canada. As those risks are successfully managed, the call center will commence operation and start handling telephonic insurance requests from mostly French-speaking customers. (Only one-quarter of employees at this center will handle English-speaking calls from Canadian customers.) Because there will be a sole call center in Canada handling 100 percent of the French-speaking calls and one-quarter of English-speaking…

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Hurricane Katrina and Sandy

On August 28, 2005 Hurricane Katrina was in the Gulf of Mexico were it was a category 5 storm and winds estimated up to 175 miles per hour. At 7:10 am on August 29 hurricane Katrina made landfall in southern Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. It made landfall as a category 3 hurricane and maximum winds up to 135 miles per hour. The hurricane caused a total of 1,833 fatalities. And the damage cost of this hurricane was $ 108 billion dollars….

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Typhoons Case

Being raised in a country where typhoons are frequent has helped me a lot. It made me the type of person who is always on his guard and very vigilant. Typhoons strike our country practically every month and it could last for days. On the first few signs of a typhoon coming, my instincts become to protect my family, all our belongings, and myself. And that feat is not very easy when you come face to face with a rather…

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Natural Hazards and Natural Disasters

There is a difference between natural hazardsand natural disasters. A hazard is an event orobject that is a potential source of harm to a community. A disaster occurs as the result of ahazardous event that dramatically affects a community. There are six broad types of hazards:1. Atmospheric Ð for example, cyclones, hailstorms,blizzards or bushfires2. Hydrological Ð for example, flooding, waveaction or glaciers3. Geological Ð for example, earthquakes orvolcanoes4. Biological Ð for example, disease epidemicsand plagues5.Technological Ð for example, accidents, explosionsor…

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Tornado_ World’s Deadliest Natural Hazard

Abstract             Tornadoes are one of the deadliest natural hazards in the world.  The cost of damages they leave behind can sometimes be monumental.  Worse, they could leave in its wake hundreds of dead bodies – both humans and animals.             In spite of the many studies already conducted on tornadoes, scientists have yet to find its exact meaning and classifications.  The National Weather Service (NWS) defined tornado as “a violently rotating column of air, pendant from a cumuliform cloud…

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Environmental Disasters

For the purpose of this article an environmental disaster is defined as a specific event caused by human activity that results in a seriously negative effect on the environment. Sometimes a natural disaster can become an environmental disaster, but that is a topic to be discussed elsewhere. In most cases environmental disasters are caused by human error, accident, lack of foresight, corner cutting during industrial processes, greed, or by simple incompetence. In other words without some kind of human intervention…

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A Scary Place in Louisiana Woods

More than five years ago, I went with a batch of friends to one of the villages in Louisiana.  Being born from the far-end south of the state of [your state], it was the first time I had a great view of the vast, green meadows of the plain.  It was springtime, and we were having fun going around the brooks and the woods that are really prevalent in those areas.  We were eight friends all in all, and we…

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Transortation – Key to New Orleans Tragedy

Apparently, the tragedy of New Orleans is caused neither by governmental incompetence not by racial profiling. Actually, it is caused by transportation problem meaning that the many families lack autos to drive out. Therefore, the city appears to be vulnerable to the catastrophe, because the rate of auto ownership is lower than in other US cities. According to statistics, in 2000 about third of city’s population don’t possess an automobile. It is known that evacuation planning was based exactly on…

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