emergency preparedness

Delivering gifts where Santa can’t

Every December since 1952, the U.S. military has airdropped gifts of clothing, rice, fishing equipment, toys and other goods to remote parts of the Pacific.

How can people at risk adapt to new climate realities?

Climate change negatively affects agriculture, health and homes. The U.S. is investing in climate-resilience projects along with new technologies.

When seconds count, satellite data can save lives

Technology advancements help firefighters and assist with disaster relief efforts. Now, combining data and technology, natural disasters can be prevented.

With Katrina lessons learned, New Orleans prepares for climate change [video]

Many people are vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change. Are there lessons to be learned from New Orleans' recovery from Hurricane Katrina?

At ground zero for climate change, traditions and livelihoods hang in...

People across the Arctic are facing extreme weather, unpredictable hunting seasons, unstable ice and other effects of global warming. What can they do?

Help for farmers…from outer space

NASA launched the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite, designed to collect data on soil moisture around the globe.
An instructor showing two health workers how to use protective gear (USAID)

Learning from Ebola

Though West Africa, with help from the international community, has made progress containing the Ebola virus outbreak, a long, hard fight remains to end...

Ten years after one of the world’s deadliest tsunamis, are we...

The entire planet vibrated on December 26, 2004, as an earthquake erupted in the Indian Ocean. The destruction — 1.6 million people displaced, another...
Earth trojan asteroid (AP Images)

Here’s the plan to save humanity from killer asteroids

Asteroids hit the Earth every day. Most of these rocks and chunks of ice are dust-sized and are harmless to our planet. But some...