Emergency Planning

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How Emergency Planning Fails People With Disabilities

In California and elsewhere, power outages can threaten the lives of people dependent on medical devices, while evacuation plans often don’t account for the needs of disabled people.

January 25, 2023 - High Country News

George Floyd Protests

Advocates Respond to the Role of Public Transit in Protests and Arrests

The commandeering of buses for police to transport arrested protestors is raising questions about the allegiances of transit agencies in the United States.

June 4, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Coronavirus Social Distancing

Lessons from Pandemics: Comparing Urban and Rural Risks

Many people assume that infectious disease risks make cities dangerous, but this is generally untrue. Other factors have more effect on pandemic risk and mortality rates, making cities safer and healthier than rural areas overall.

April 14, 2020 - Todd Litman

UC Berkeley and North Berkeley

The New Regionalism of the Coronavirus Pandemic

In the absence of federal leadership in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, East Coast states and West Coast counties have collaborated to implement uniform containment strategies to arrest the spread of COVID-19, and it's catching on.

March 19, 2020 - CNBC

Paradise, California

LA Times: Poor Planning Sealed Paradise's Fate

The planning history of Paradise, California is blamed for the destruction of the city in the Camp Fire. Can planners find new models for both limiting carbon emissions and preparing for the effects of climate change?

January 3, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Butte County, California

Planning for the Worst May Have Saved Thousands in the Camp Fire

The city of Paradise was prepared for the Camp Fire when it ripped through the town last week, and it still wasn't enough to save everyone.

November 14, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

Alarm Bells Sounded for New York City Housing Authority's Emergency Preparedness

While much of New York City is actively planning and designing resilience into its systems, a city audit pulled all the alarms in its assessment of the New York City Housing Authority's emergency preparedness.

January 2, 2016 - Metro

Calls for Better Emergency Plans for Denver's Oil Trains

The sight of trains passing by luxury condos might be foreign to some cities, but not Denver. The risk posed by crude oil shipments passing on those rails, however, is too much for some residents to accept without a plan.

December 3, 2015 - The Denver Post

NYC to Pilot New System for Monitoring Sewage Discharge

New York City is taking steps to manage the dumping of raw sewage, Mireya Navarro reports.

February 23, 2012 - New York Times - Green Blog

How Transportation Planners Managed the Evacuation of Tokyo

InTransition magazine examined the daunting difficulties transportation authorities and the public faced while trying to evacuate Tokyo on the day of the Great Tohuku Earthquake in March.

November 15, 2011 - InTransition

The Inside Story of Sign Design

Slate continues its series on wayfinding with the little-known story of the symbolic conflicts among the U.S., the former Soviet Union and Japan over how to direct people in a time of crisis.

March 10, 2010 - Slate

State Burns Up Over Counties' Growth Policies

When you live near raging wildfires, you begin to understand why the State of California spends nearly $1 billion a year on firefighting. You also start to see why some state lawmakers say it's time for more local responsibility.

July 17, 2008 - California Planning & Development Report

'Tele-Nurses' Save Precious Bucks on Ambulances

Instead of sending an ambulance every time someone calls 9-1-1, the Houston City Council voted to contract with a telephone nursing service for non-emergencies.

June 12, 2008 - The Houston Chronicle

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