July 2021: Over the last few weeks, terrible floods have caused loss of lives and massive damages to properties across several European countries. EENA has been advocating the deployment of modern and robust public warning systems for 15 years
Countries that are most at risk of the impacts of climate change are most often also those facing the highest risks of toxic pollution according to a new study
July 2021: Heavy rainfall has triggered devastating flooding causing dozens of casualties in Western Europe, writes the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
July 2021: Brabant Wallon's Emergency Radio Network volunteers stepped in when the Police building in Wavre, Belgium – including its Tetra antenna and computers – was left completely underwater
July 2021: The apocalyptic pictures of landslides, destroyed houses, flooded German, Belgian and Dutch cities, towns and villages took the front pages of Western media last Friday. Lina Kolesnikova provides an overview of events
July 2021: Resistance to antibiotics is common and often deadly among children with pneumonia in Bangladesh, warns a study that says a pandemic of potentially deadly antibiotic resistance could be under way and could spread across the globe
July 2021: The UK Government has started an 11-week consultation on its development of a new National Resilience Strategy with a call for evidence seeking public views and to understand current perceptions of risk and resilience
July 2021: Biodiversity and its benefits are fundamental to human wellbeing and a healthy planet. However, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide, and this decline is projected to continue or worsen under business-as-usual scenarios
Chris is founder of Initsys, a CRJ Partner. The CRJ team is very much looking forward to working with him, sharing his wealth of expertise and collaborating on projects
The CRJ is pleased to share information about a training programme designed to give security and risk managers an understanding of the challenges of terrorism awareness and a range of solutions to create maximum safety and security
Initsys provides software for risk managers that incorporates standard operating procedures, providing a way to pre-plan, test the plan and implement it during an emergency
June 2021: The ICRC has called for attention to be paid to the prolonged pressure on public service workers who are responding to the pandemic
We are pleased to announce that the latest edition of the Crisis Response Journal, Volume 16, Issue 2, is now available online for digital subscribers and is currently being mailed to our print copy subscribers
June 2021: The CRJ team is delighted to announce its new Key Network Partner, the National Preparedness Leadership Institute (NPLI)
June 2021: CRJ Key Network Partner Pix4D celebrates 10-years of its diverse and growing product portfolio
The CRJ team is pleased to welcome David, Founder of SharedAim Ltd and valued author and contributor to the journal
CRJ Key Network Partner, Pix4D has announced the commercialisation and distribution of the viDoc RTK rover for accurate 3D scanning
April 2021: Covid-19 restrictions on food production have led to food security threats in several countries of sub-Saharan Africa
April 2021: This series of free webinars will help security, risk and business continuity managers and frontline operators to deal with current and future challenges
April 2021: Plans for the EENA Conference are progressing full steam ahead and organisers have announced a call for abstracts
The CRJ welcomes to its Advisory Panel Dr Pescaroli, Assistant Professor in Business Continuity and Organisational Resilience at University College London
April 2021: The photogrammetry expert is expanding its Tokyo office to strengthen its presence in the APAC market
March 2021: Countries facing the highest levels of conflict are likely to be among the last to achieve widespread Covid-19 vaccination, according to Mercy Corps
The plan aims to tackle “deep and pervasive” inequities in the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic
The Crisis Response Journal is very pleased to welcome Lord Harris to its Advisory Panel. His article, Keeping an eye out for crises features in CRJ 16.1
CRJ Key Network Partner Pix4D celebrates the launch of its new, free-to-download eBook
The chemicals were found both in the blood of pregnant women as well as new-borns
The next edition of the Crisis Response Journal coming soon
CRJ Key Network Partner, the Emergency Planning Society (EPS) launches its spring programme of educational events, with Covid Volunteers; Top up or Top Down – A Partnership on March 17, 2021 at 10:00hrs
March 2021: The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) has announced that Kaili Tamm and Emily Hough will join its Governing Board
March 2021: Interpol warns the public to be extra vigilant following seizures and arrests made in South Africa and China
A recent study suggests that the Gulf Stream is at its weakest for a thousand years, with potential consequences for both sides of the Atlantic
February 2021: Nature is a blind spot in economics that we ignore at our peril, according to the new Dasgupta Review
February 2021: The growing threat of antimicrobial resistance against a backdrop of increasing antibiotic consumption is highlighted in a new report by the CDDEP
January 2021: We are delighted to welcome you to our new website. We have been working behind the scenes with a fantastic team to upgrade our existing features, maximise the content and streamline our processes.
The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting people's mental health. But what helps and hinders people in getting through a lockdown?
Scientists review some of the research behind a technology that could cauterise a growing global drinking water crisis.
The year 2021 has universally been a difficult year for most people, particularly so for first responders and medical personnel, as well as businesses and society at large.
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Entrepreneurs will explore how to use mobile technology, such as smartphones that give access to affordable and safe energy, to help tackle humanitarian challenges around the world, the UK’s International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, announced a
The sustainable development of cities is threatened by a worldwide water crisis. Improved social learning is urgently needed to transform urban water governance and make it more integrated and adaptive, according to the authors of a new paper available on
Entitled SMEs, Crisis and Preparedness, the session will run for approximately one hour and it features our esteemed Advisory Panel members Mike O’Neill, Robert McAlister and Lyndon Bird.
Covid-19 unleashed a torrent of health, economic and security challenges upon the world, not least upon children. Online sexual exploitation has drastically increased during the pandemic and communities are in danger, since many children across the world
The CRJ is pleased to partner with the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM) to present the ‘Women in leadership’ webinar on November 17, from 13:00 to 14:30 (GMT).
CRJ Key Network Partner, Pix4D has been working hand-in-hand with Parrot to create solutions for drone mapping and it now offers ANAFI USA’s professional users a large scope of cutting-edge technologies.
Frontline security and technical workers in the UK are to be offered free membership of the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) as part of a radical shake-up.
The Crisis Response Journal is very proud to welcome Andy Blackwell to its Advisory Panel. Andy was formerly Head of Corporate Security with Virgin Atlantic, where he was responsible for all aspects of the airline’s security activities, including security
Private Security Services are essential for the functioning of our economies – even more so in times of crises. During the pandemic, the often-hidden two million European security officers have been celebrated as ‘everyday heroes’. But the economic conseq
The changing character of ‘political warfare’ has prompted one of the most significant developments in UK military strategies seen in generations, writes Claire Sanders.
Dr Jennifer Hesterman is a retired Air Force colonel who served in three Pentagon tours and commanded in the field multiple times. Her last assignment was Vice Commander at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, where she led installation security, force suppo
Africa has just months to react to an invasive malaria mosquito that thrives in cities, before the situation escalates beyond control, experts warn.
Climate change is at the heart of more frequent and intense dry and hot extremes in recent decades as simultaneous heatwaves and droughts are becoming increasingly common in western parts of the United States, according to a new study led by researchers f
The Crisis Response Journal is pleased to welcome a new member to its Advisory Panel. Beverley Griffiths is a Senior Lecturer in Emergency Planning at the UK’s University of Wolverhampton – a CRJ Key Network Partner.
he next edition of CRJ is with the printers and should be mailed out to subscribers soon. The edition is now online for access to articles for all our subscribers. There's still time to subscribe or renew your subscription - click for more details. And he
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is actively responding to the aftermath of the explosion which occurred on August 4, in Beirut, Lebanon and it remains committed to supporting the country during these difficult times.
Andy is an experienced individual with expertise in disaster and emergency management. He brings a unique blend of senior and strategic law enforcement experience coupled with an expert operational and policy understanding in Disaster and Emergency Manage
A number of initiatives are recognising all those who have worked so hard keeping the UK safe and running during the Covid-19 health crisis. CRJ is pleased to highlight one such initiative – nominate a British National Health Service (NHS) or key worker t
The Emergency Planning Society and the Crisis Response Journal are delighted to announce that they will be working in partnership to further the authoritative and vital voice of the profession, both in the UK and further afield.
WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has announced the initiation of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, reports Claire Sanders.
Oil spill disasters on land cause long-term damage for communities and the natural environment, polluting soils and sediments and contaminating groundwater.
A record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste (e-waste) was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21 per cent in just five years, according to the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020, released on July 2.
The Crisis Response Journal is delighted to welcome Dr Gregory Ciottone MD, FACEP, FFSEM, the President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine to its Advisory Panel. We look forward to working with him.
Chief Charles L Werner (Ret), has served 44 years in public safety and is the founder of Droneresponders. Starting his career as a volunteer firefighter/EMT in Harrisonburg VA he went on to serve with the Charlottesville VA Fire Dept as a career firefight
CRJ 15:2, our June edition, is being mailed out and digital access is now live for all subscribers - click here for individual articles. The flip-through version will be uploaded soon.
We are delighted to announce that Lucian J Hudson has joined our Advisory Panel. Lucian is an experienced board chair, strategic communications specialist and executive coach. Most recently he has led a successful transition at the University of Oxford, p
Liaison Journal is looking for writers who can share their expertise on humanitarian assistance and civil-military co-ordination in complex emergencies.
The Crisis Response Journal is proud to announce its new Key Network Partnership with digital mapping and photogrammetry expert, Pix4D.
There are calls for urgent action for the UN Security Council to provide life-saving assistance in what David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) calls: “The worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two.”
There may be a hidden cost to urban expansion – more flooding. A new study by John Hopkins University finds that for every percentage point increase in pavement and impervious surfaces, annual floods increase by 3.3 per cent.
Andrew Staniforth is Director of Innovation at Saher Europe, a security research and training consultancy operating at a global level. As an international security and innovation expert, with extensive operational expertise in counter-terrorism gained as
CRJ is very pleased to welcome Lyndon Bird to its Advisory Panel. Lyndon is currently Chief Knowledge Officer for the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI). In this role he leads the Future Vision Committee, which provides innovative thought leadership on beh
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is continuing its efforts to contain the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen despite restrictions on the movement of personnel and equipment resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The UK Drone Delivery Group will soon embark on a series of pioneering projects to test the capabilities of drones across a range of sectors including parcel delivery for medicines and other supplies – including agriculture and the emergency services.
Criminals have been quick to seize opportunities to exploit the Covid-19 crisis by adapting their modi operandi and engaging in new criminal activities, says Europol.
New research published in Academic Emergency Medicine indicates that interacting with a therapy dog for several minutes may help lower stress among physicians and nurses working evening shifts in the emergency department.
Australian and German researchers have found strong evidence that the risk for armed conflict is higher after a climate-related disaster, but only in vulnerable countries.
Signs that rare bird and marsupial colonies are surviving the aftermath of horrific bushfires are emerging with the help of sensor cameras, water pumps and specialist ecologists.
Extreme weather events, such as severe drought, storms, and heatwaves, have been forecast to become more commonplace. However, what has been studied less is the impact on energy systems and how communities can avoid costly disruptions, such as partial or
More than 6,000 Chinese medical doctors with experience in treating Covid-19 are offering free professional services and advice online, in both English and Chinese. All doctors are bilingual.
Right now, there is a huge vital resource at the UK’s disposal – a pool of trained and available independent emergency, crisis and organisational management consultants who are ready and waiting to assist, writes CRJ Advisory Panel Member Rob McAlister.
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has confirmed the urgency among organisations to review and update their pandemic plans, taking into consideration the three main stages of pre-outbreak preparation and planning, threat assessment and plan activation. M
A very warm welcome to Tomasz Zweglinski, Director of the Internal Security Institute at the Main School of Fire Service in Warsaw, Poland, to CRJ's Advisory Panel. We are very much looking forward to working with him.
CRJ 15:1 is being mailed out next week. Digital subscribers will have access as of Monday, March 9, 2020, although we have made several articles free to read for everyone. This edition, we cover the Australian bushfires, frontline response, business conti
It’s been an exciting few months at CRJ, and here’s the official announcement of new people who have joined our Advisory Panel recently. Their extensive biographies are testimony to their wide and impressive experience – read more about them on our websit
On Monday February 24, 2020 the soft launch of the Asia Disaster Management and Civil Protection Expo and Conference (Adexco) took place in Jakarta, Indonesia.
This week, Claire Sanders and Emily Hough are at the Humanitarian Networks Partnership Week in Geneva. To explain what this is about, here’s a preview from CRJ 14:4.
DRIVER+ is a pan-European project tasked with supporting crisis management organisations and testing new innovations and improvements in crisis management with a particular focus on the effects of climate change.
Replicating its SARS treatment model of 2003, China has built a makeshift hospital with a capacity of 1,000 beds in 10 days. Huoshenshan (which means Fire God Mountain) Hospital in Wuhan, where the virus broke out, is dedicated to treating patients infect
A large criminal network involved in smuggling approximately 10 000 Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi-Kurdish and Syrian migrants has been broken up by law enforcement authorities in France and the Netherlands.
Artificial intelligence (AI) shows climate change-driven sea-level rise could alter the shape of the US and trigger mass migration to cities inland, according to researchers at the University of Southern California.
The galleries at the Natural History Museum will resonate all week with sounds from nature as it declares a planetary emergency and launches a bold new strategy in response. Setting out the role it will play in tackling the planetary emergency as a global
The organisers invite crisis management practitioners, researchers, policymakers and solutions providers with an interest in innovation to attend the EU-funded international emergency management conference this February 19-20 in Brussels, Belgium.
A new analysis shows the world's oceans were the warmest in 2019 than any other time in recorded human history, especially between the surface and a depth of 2,000 metres. The study, conducted by an international team of 14 scientists from 11 institutes a
Extreme climate events are severely affecting communities and around the world, and we have plenty of current examples; for example, Australia is currently burning on a scale never previously seen— 14.5 million acres scorched, half a billion animals kille
With the death toll from the world’s worst measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) surpassing 6000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for more funding to stop the outbreak.
Recognising the need to improve weather forecasting in Cox’s Bazar, a fishing port and centre for tourism in the southeast of Bangladesh, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has partnered with the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) and
Following the launch of the conference in November, DRIVER+ are pleased to announce more details about the Advanced Crisis Management Conference to be held in Brussels, Belgium from February 19-20, 2020.
Representatives from more than 160 states joined 187 Red Cross Red Crescent Societies at the International Conference in Geneva from December 9-12, 2019.
New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said that there are questions which must be asked after the volcanic eruption on White Island on Monday December 9, 2019.
According to the BBC, the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that 74 people jailed for terror offences and released early will have their licence conditions reviewed. The Ministry of Justice launched the urgent review after convicted terrorist Usman K
The University of Surrey and King's College London have developed a new machine learning algorithm (AI) that could transform the way we monitor major infrastructure, such as dams and bridges.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has launched an ad-style video that illustrates the terrifying human cost of ignoring the Geneva Conventions and aims to raise awareness of international humanitarian law. The 60-second film, Victory by
Lesley Kelly has worked in the public and voluntary sectors for the past 20 years, dabbling in poetry and stand-up comedy along the way. She has won a number of writing competitions, including The Scotsman's Short Story award in 2008. Here, she explains h
Against a backdrop of increased risk, sector industry leaders are increasingly frustrated by the lack of industry relevant qualifications to enable strategic ability to anticipate and manage safety, security and crime prevention in today’s operating envir
‘Earth’s Ekko’ is a new film from Plastic Oceans International. Aimed at children from five to ten years old, the film presents the issues facing the world’s seas in a fun and engaging way through the use of animation and live action, songs and easy to fo
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Asian giants China and India must take immediate steps to preserve antibiotics essential for human medicine by restricting their use in the livestock industry, recommends an author of a new study on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Scientists have warned that deepening economic inequality and increased pressures from climate change and biodiversity loss threaten to throw the world off-course for meeting a slate of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The independent group o
Dr Peter (Pankaj) Patel is a microbiologist with 22 years of track record in the biomedical and health care sector, with significant senior level teaching, management and leadership experience in academia and industry.
The European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) has launched a survey as part of its new research project, Partnerships and Security Risk Management: from the local organisation’s perspective. “We would like to hear the perspectives of as many staff of loc
As the death toll continues to climb in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian’s September 1 landfall on the Abaco Islands in The Bahamas, professional all-hazards and emergency management teams from the private and public sectors have come together to use aer
10 September 2019 - International Disaster Response Expo and its Lead Media Partner, Crisis Response Journal have announced today they will be strengthening the partnership further to full ‘Event Partner status’ at IDR’s forthcoming event in December this
President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission.
Janez Lenarcic, a Slovenian diplomat, is to be in charge of the Commission’s Crisis Management portfolio. Previously, Lenarcic was Secretar
Chloe Demrovsky is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Disaster Recovery Institute International, the non-profit that helps organisations prepare for and recover from disasters in business continuity and related fields. DRI serves more than 15,00
Nigeria, the African continent’s last remaining country infected with polio, is on the brink of being declared officially polio free after it marked three years without any new cases.
Measuring the height of Brazil’s towering rainforests can be a tall order. But an international team of researchers say they are working together to turn unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, into efficient, low-cost data collectors that can monitor
The First Annual meeting of the PACTESUR (Protect Allied Cities against TErrorism in Securing Urban aReas)project took place in Gdansk, Poland, in early July 2019. Lina Kolesnikova reports.
Urban population is on the rise worldwide and smart city development projects are harnessing the power of the internet of things (IoT) to develop more intelligent, efficient, and sustainable solutions. However, digital security investments in smart cities
Elton Cesar Cunha is Municipal Director of Barra Velha Municipal Civil Defence, Brazil, and will be familiar to readers of the CRJ aftter his interview, which appeared in CRJ 14:2.
Climate change driven by ever-higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will do more than just limit harvests. It will increase under-nutrition, making the planet’s staple foods less nourishing. Over the next three decades, according to a new stud
It’s early days yet in the production of the next edition of the Crisis Response Journal, which is published in October, but we already have a great line-up of articles and themes. Here’s a sneak preview of what is planned, writes Emily Hough
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the world’s greatest living explorer – the first to circumnavigate the globe via the poles – reaffirmed his commitment to the field of travel risk management by supporting Travel Risk and Incident Prevention (TRIP) Group and becoming
On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP). The large amounts of radioactivity released induced multi-hazard disasters on human livelihoods and ecosystems in the Fukush
The UK has changed the way it publishes and advises the public on the terrorism threat levels to now reflect the threat from all forms of terrorism, irrespective of ideology, reports Roger Gomm for CRJ.
The European Commission announced on June 25, 2019, that it will pursue infringement proceedings against five member states – Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Greece and Spain – for lack of compliance with EU law in the implementation of 112. The European Emerg
Jacqui is a highly respected and qualified motivated and innovative leader. She has extensive experience in leadership, management, emergency management, business continuity management, risk, crisis management, safety advisory groups, training and develop
We are delighted to welcome Stewart Mashiter, Senior Lecturer in Emergency Planning, to the CRJ Advisory Panel.
Steve Laws talks about the value of maintaining your continual professional development as a crowd safety professional in a changing world, and announces a course that takes place in October.
During a two-day visit to Kenya, Rory Stewart, the UK’s International Development Secretary, has announced a UK aid funding package of £250 million.
The world is in desperate need of clear, rational and fair leadership, especially given the numerous crises we are facing, and the impending ones of tomorrow. Yet it can seem as if we are heading in the opposite direction, with increasingly clamorous and
A new study shows that without adequate and focused policies, many households will rely on air conditioners to adapt to climate change, thereby generating more greenhouse gas emissions.
After The Alfred hospital in Melbourne, Australia, was damaged by a storm, Vanguard Healthcare Solutions provided a portable operating theatre, enabling surgeons to undertake mobile open-heart surgery for the first time.
Australia and the United States are working together in a new cybersecurity centre at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Researchers will work with US partners to improve the capacity of governments and industry to respond to cyber challeng
Over one million people across the Japanese island of Kyushu have been ordered to evacuate, amid warnings of landslides and floods brought on by heavy rain on July 3, 2019.
Collaborative research at the University of California Irvine (UCI) and the Carnegie Institution for Science suggests that the two-degree Celsius goal might be attainable if no more carbon dioxide emitting infrastructure is built. However, attaining the 1
Organisers of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Multi-Hazards Program, in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is calling for research papers and case studies of ‘non-events’ to s
As weather-related disasters force millions from their homes each year, new technologies are transforming the humanitarian response, writes Gareth Willmer.
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to assess the Department of Defense’s (DOD) progress in developing a means to account for potentially damaging weather in its facilities’ project designs. Since 2010, DOD has identified climate chang
Google introduced SOS alerts in 2017, to help members of the public to access authoritative, real-time information rapidly during times of crisis. Now, the company says it has recently improved the service by adding visual information about natural hazard
Unusually hot and dry conditions in parts of the northern hemisphere have been conducive to wildfires raging from the Mediterranean to the Arctic, says the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
The CRJ team is delighted to welcome Alice Hill to our Advisory Panel.
UK aid is joining forces with British universities, researchers and education experts from around the world to create the largest ever education technology research and innovation project. The aim is to help overcome some of the major challenges for educa
Experts in the field warn of the potential violence that deepfake technology could incite. The warning came during a hearing in the US House of Representatives on deepfake technology that can create convincing videos of public figures. Public safety could
CRJ is pleased to announce that Tess Baker has joined our Advisory Panel.
Baker initially came from a background in public relations and has been working in the special risks consulting field for nearly 20 years. Before joining NYA in 2011, she worked wi
The US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign has announced a new partnership with the world’s largest airline pilot union, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), along with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and US Cust
Preliminary results from a new study suggest that sleep disturbances are associated with mental health problems among survivors of a natural disaster, even up to two years after the event
We are entering “a new phase” and large outbreaks of deadly diseases like Ebola are a “new normal,” the World Health Organisation has warned, saying countries and other bodies need to focus on preparing for new deadly epidemics. Two thousand cases of Ebo
Crisis Response Journal is the Lead Partner of International Disaster Response Expo including Global Disaster Response Summit - by application only and Seminar Theatre. (Within IDR Hall) and the Lead Partner of the Crisis Management and Business Continuit
XPRIZE, which designs and operates incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, has announced the winners of the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global competition to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution o
World Animal Protection (WAP) deploys quickly to disaster zones in order to protect animals affected by earthquakes, floods, typhoons and other disasters. It provides food, water, medical care, and other emergency assistance to animals in need. Its staff
Security is the basis of civilised society. It is the practical discipline concerned with safeguarding lives, property, information, wealth, reputations, and social wellbeing. People, businesses, and nations cannot thrive in its absence, whereas the right
Serious and organised crime kills more people every year than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined, according to the UK National Crime Agency (NCA).
A novel theory derived from classical physics allows scientists to predict how economies worldwide respond to major disturbances such as the 2008 Great Recession or Trump tariffs, effectively making their effects computable for the first time. The researc
Sri Lanka was rocked by a series of bombings that killed more than 320 people at churches and top-end hotels on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. It is the deadliest violence that the country has seen since the end of the civil war a decade ago. Most of the
Dr Stephen Maren of Texas A and M University, recently published significant research on the psychological and neural basis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In the first three months of 2019, there were two weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the US. These events included a severe storm event across the Southeast, Ohio Valley and Northeast, and one flooding event i
The association of AMR with climate recently gained attention when resistance was found to increase with rising local temperatures in the USA. Now, new research has investigated whether the explanatory strength of climate variables holds true in a region
UK: The Mayor of Greater Manchester has called on the Government to initiate a national review of event security, following calls from families of the victims of the Manchester Arena attack to enhance security at major venues.
A report from Governor Newsom’s Strike Force published on April 12, 2019 entitled Wildfires and climate change: California’s energy future, outlines steps that the state must take to reduce the incidence and severity of wildfires, including the significan
The Government of the Virgin Islands will be financing the re-establishment and upgrade of a Territory-wide Multi Hazard Early Warning System to the tune of $1.5 million.
The new British Red Cross report, Ready for Anything, says that needs of individuals and communities must be at heart of response to flooding, terror attacks, and other emergencies.
The 2018 Annual Report provides an overview of the results achieved by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) towards its vision, the sustainable reduction of disaster risk and losses for a sustainable future. It is a useful read
As our society evolves, so does our reliance on telecommunications technology. Cybercriminals prey on our daily use of electronic devices and continuously seek out new ways to exploit vulnerabilities and access information. Co-operation and information-sh
Drowning is a silent epidemic that claims an estimated 360,000 lives every year, many of them children. But this leading killer isn’t getting the global attention it deserves, writes Steve Wills, Head of International Programmes, RNLI.
This edition of CRJ covers a wide variety of themes, ranging from the overarching future threats that face the planet, down to the level of personal resilience and individual citizen responsibility in preparedness and response, and how governments can tru
CRJ will be attending the Security and Counter Terror Expo in London and have created a special edition, supported by one of our new Key Network Partners, Markham Special Risks. This special issue contains a number of articles on the threat to individuals
Over the last decade, a growing number of militaries and national security communities have become increasingly concerned about a changing climate – including about the very real risks it poses to global stability, conflict and their own military missions
The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) today launches the open call for its third cohort of cyber innovators. The new cohort will be tasked with solving some of the most pressing cybersecurity issues, as identified by industry leade
Brazil says it will send humanitarian aid to its border with Venezuela by the weekend, despite the protests of embattled President Nicolás Maduro. The delivery and distribution of the aid is being organised by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, the
The Icelandic Electric Sectors Emergency Preparedness Forum is organising an emergency response exercise based on the scenario of a large volcanic eruption in Öræfajökull. The exercise will take place on February, 28, 2019.
Rebuilding Iraq’s social fabric is key to ensuring that the country can leave its violent past behind, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said during a four-day visit to the country, which included Mosul, Baghdad and Erbi
Heat waves can reduce the body's immune response to flu, according to new research in mice at the University of Tokyo. The results have implications for how climate change may affect the future of vaccinations and nutrition.
New work from Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers peers under the hood of an automated fake-news detection system, revealing how machine-learning models catch subtle but consistent differences in the language of factual and false stories. Th
CRJ are delighted to announce a new partnership with DRI International.
The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) has announced the 11 scaling cyber companies that will form its second cohort. Selected by industry leaders, these businesses represent the most promising solutions to the two biggest cybersecu
In November, the state of Rio de Janeiro saw an 18 per cent drop in the number of premeditated murders compared to the same period the previous year. This is the lowest in three years, according to data released by the Public Security Institute (ISP), the
A new science-policy report on landscape fire risk management in Europe has been published by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD). Forest Fires – Sparking FireSmart Policies in the EU presents a critical revi
A two-year project has culminated in assessment tools and guidelines to improve the cyber security of water supplies, helping to safeguard Finland’s supply security during disruption or emergency situations.
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The proportion of the global population vulnerable to heat-related death and disease is growing as a result of climate change's effects on growing populations of older people, people living in cities, and people with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), acco
Over the past decade, disasters have exacted a heavy toll on the safety of persons, communities, and countries alike. Over 700,000 lives have been lost, and more than 1.4 million people have been injured, with nearly 23 million displaced persons as a resu
The types of challenges facing the police, counter terrorism and critical national infrastructure operators have undergone significant changes in complexity and frequency in recent years. Lone wolf terrorist incidents, cyber attacks on multi-national comp
“We are not on track to meet climate change targets and rein in temperature increases,” according to Secretary-General Petteri Taalas of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
The Metropolitan Police Service in London, UK, has won two national PR and communications awards. The first is for ‘Best in-house team for crisis response’, which recognises its handling of the Westminster and London Bridge attacks. It has also won ‘Best
UK: With the festive rush about to get underway, Counter Terrorism Policing has launched its biggest-ever winter advertising campaign to the public, as part of ACT: Action Counters Terrorism.
On November 14, the European Parliament voted in favour of establishing a European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) and a body of European regulators for electronic communications. The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) has released a brief
CRJ were to the fore at the latest edition of the Milipol conference in Doha, Qatar.
On 19th November, The Emergency Planning College (EPC) will release their first free online course for the public, which aims to help you prepare for one of those ‘what if’ moments. The course is hosted by FutureLearn, the Open University Partner for onli
As the European Union faces increasing threats from organised crime groups and terrorist attacks inspired by religious, left and right wing ideologies, an effective law enforcement response must include the availability of well-trained and EU-wide interop
Choices made now are critical for the future of our ocean and cryosphere according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. It highlights the urgency of prioritising timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprece
The ocean provides more than one-half of the Earth’s oxygen, it stabilises the climate, and billions of people depend on it for food, employment and their livelihoods. Plastic waste is straining this vital food and planetary lifeline. A new initiative cal
Search and rescue teams found simulated victims faster when they used drones for help, according to a new study that concludes drones offer enormous potential to help search and rescue (SAR) efforts, and rescue squads need to develop new standards, tactic
Cyber experts from law enforcement, the private sector and academia have gathered in Singapore this week to devise strategies for promoting the global cybersecurity agenda.
USA: While petrochemical plants further south on the Texas coast minimised their pollution by shutting down pre-emptively as Hurricane Harvey approached a year ago, industries in the Houston region waited more than three days after the governor’s August 2
In preparation of CRJ attending InterDrone 2018 in Las Vegas from 5 - 7 September, we have produced a special free digital supplement that highlights some of the content we have covered in the last few issues relating to drones and UAV's.
The main themes of this edition are resilience – whether societal, business, in critical infrastructure or psychological. We will also be taking a look at travel risk management, with advice on how to keep safe for businesses and travellers, in whatever c
India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history and millions of lives and livelihoods are under threat, says the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog).
Keeping global warming to within 1.5-2°C may be more difficult than previously assessed, according to researchers. An international team of scientists has published a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) showing that even if the
US-based Community Risk Reduction Radio (CRR Radio) from The Vision 20/20 Project has just released a new podcast focusing on the provisional standard from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – NFPA 3000 Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response P
Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, announced plans today for InterDrone’s fourth annual Women in Drones Luncheon, a special event it spearheaded in 2015 and has quickly grown into a model fo
An expedition made up of an international group of 24 women from Britain, USA, Canada, Slovenia, Norway and Honduras, has set sail on a scientific research mission to investigate solutions to the devastating impact of single-use plastic and toxics in the
The UK Government has released a statistical bulletin on Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation: Arrests, outcomes, and stop and search, Great Britain, financial year ending March 2018. This bulletin provides a
In the light of a two-fold increase in extremely violent conflict in the last decade and with around 40,000 civilians killed or injured by explosive weapons in 2017 alone, UK politicians and charities are calling on UK Secretary of State for International
The threat posed by so-called dirty bombs on society is increasing. A dirty bomb or radiological dispersal device (RDD) is a speculative radiological weapon that combines radioactive material with conventional explosives. There are two primary reasons for
An international Symposium on Medical Treatment of Chemical Warfare Victims was convened by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.
Experts from multiple sectors and global regions met in Geneva to brainstorm ideas for an open user platform to make it easier for communities and decision-makers to apply their understanding of risk to generate better-targeted solutions for resilience.
The Spanish National Police, supported by Europol, has dismantled three clandestine laboratories and seized more than five million doses in an operation against the production of illicit medicines. Twenty-nine people have been arrested and 15 houses searc
The latest information released by Symantec proves threats in the mobile space are surging. In fact, data available in the Internet Security Threat Report details the number of new mobile malware variants rose from 17,000 in 2016, to 27,000 in 2017 – a 54
The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), confirmed in a report that sarin was very likely used as a chemical weapon in the south of Ltamenah, Syrian Arab Republic, on March 24, 2017. The FFM also
The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has researchers re-evaluating whether a magnitude 9.0 megathrust earthquake and resulting tsunami could also be a likely risk for the Caribbean region, seismologists reported at the SSA 2018 Annual Meeting.
The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) and Waze, have published the final report on a pilot project entitled Exploring the use of Waze for emergency response.
OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Confirms Likely Use of Chlorine in Saraqib, Syria
In a report released on May 15, the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention confirmed that it is likely that chlorine was used as a chemical weapon on February 4, 2
A report from PA Consulting Group, Overcome the Silent Threat, says that the emergence of a hyper-connected model – where passengers in airports want fast internet and digital engagement with airlines and retailers – is increasing the opportunities for cy
The team is busy at work on the next edition of the Crisis Response Journal... Here's a quick summary of what is being covered, from organisational and reputational resilience, and incident reports and data privacy/security, to urban search and rescue, wa
May 1, 2018 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released NFPA 3000TM (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program to help communities holistically deal with the rapidly-growing number of mass casualty incide
Despite the threat of a global health crisis in antibiotic resistance, worldwide use of antibiotics in humans soared 39 per cent between 2000 and 2015, fuelled by dramatic increases in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), according to a new stu
Healthcare is an industry under siege. This statement was true this time last year when the many organisations, including the UK's National Health Service (NHS), were hit by Wannacry. And it is underscored by the latest discovery of new attack group, Oran
CRJ is pleased to announce that this partnership will aim to bring commercial companies, host organisations and government agencies together to increase the understanding of the different roles and perspectives in response to large-scale crises through ef
The worsening impacts of climate change in three densely populated regions of the world could see more than 140 million people move within their countries’ borders by 2050, creating a looming human crisis and threatening the development process, a new Wor
The CRJ Team have just returned from participating at the ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018 event.
CRJ is pleased to welcome Dr David Rubens and Matt Minshall to its Editorial Advisory Panel. Dr Rubens is MD of Deltar Training Services, which runs certificated training programmes for strategic risk and crisis management around the world, and has delive
Europol says that as of today, a new decryption tool for victims of the GandCrab ransomware is available on www.nomoreransom.org. This tool has been released by the Romanian Police (IGPR) under the supervision of the General Prosecutor’s Office (DIICOT) a
From May 25, 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is enforceable, after a two-year transition period. Companies that do not comply or are found to be in breach of it, or whose systems are breached and public data is lost as a result, co
Autonomous computer programmes – known as bots – are used to trawl the Internet, for example to help search engines. However, there are also programs known as social bots, which interfere in social media, automatically generating replies or sharing conten
The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a tool for determining which diseases and pathogens to prioritise for research and development in public health emergency contexts. This tool seeks to identify those diseases that pose a public health risk
UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Robert Glasser, has described the accelerating pace of climate change as: “An existential threat to the planet.”
Caribe Wave 18 is scheduled to take place this March. The annual exercise, organised by the Intergovernmental Co-ordination Group for the Tsunami and other coastal hazards warning systems for the Caribbean and adjacent region, will provide an opportunity
Lava fountains from the Mount Mayon volcano spewing 500 metres into the sky, along with ash plumes that reached three to five kilometres away, have led to the evacuation of more than 61,200 people across 54 municipalities in Albay province. Flights were c
Speaking at a press conference during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, United States Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, Monique Villa, Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Gary Haugen, Chief Executive Officer, I
Businesses worry about emerging risks and liabilities arising from new technologies. They take aim at the backbone of the connected economy and, when they strike, can jeopardise the success, or even the existence, of companies of every size and sector, ac
Apple has announced that the iPhone’s next update, iOS 11.3 will support Advanced Mobile Location (AML), which will automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.
USA: Seventeen people are confirmed dead in Southern California after heavy rains triggered flooding; around 163 people were taken to hospital.
Electricity is the backbone of European society. When a natural disaster hits the power grid, recovery can happen in a matter of hours or it could take months to fully restore electricity supply. As well as hampering emergency response efforts, power cuts
A ground-breaking new research hub has been established by UK scientists to help halt future outbreaks of killer diseases like Ebola and Zika. The landmark project will help to increase vaccine coverage across the globe and improve the response to deadly
A single enzyme – that is all the researchers behind a new study need to manipulate to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading. Inhibiting a specific enzyme takes away the virus's ability to copy itself and thus produce more virus particles and more infect
A new study led by the University of Leeds in the UK, has found there was less volcanic activity in Iceland when glacier cover was more extensive. As the glaciers melted, volcanic eruptions increased owing to subsequent changes in surface pressure.
Calling Aid and Development Innovators in Africa – Enter Innovator of the Year Competition
The Aid and International Development Forum is currently accepting nominations for the Innovator of the Year Award. This competition celebrates individuals, who ha
CRJ is delighted to announce that it will be represented at the forthcoming Trauma Education Day conference, being organised by Vassar Brothers Medical Center and held in Poughkeepsie, USA, on November 15, 2017.
More than 70,000 people perished in the extreme heat of the 2003 European heatwave, 10,000 people in the 2010 Russian heatwave, 2,000 in the 2015 India heatwave and, altogether, more than 800 cases of deadly heatwaves have been documented worldwide since
British racing driver Jenson Button swapped the F1 paddock for fried haddock as he took the wheel of Santander’s scam-busting Phish and Chips van and served fresh fish and chips to the public in exchange for phishing emails and smishing texts.
CRJ was invited to attend the annual Scottish Resilient Communities Conference that was held in Glasgow on 27 October 2017. Almost 200 delegates were in attendance, including representatives from the Scottish Goverenment Resilience Division, emergency res
UK Government Home Office Minister Ben Wallace told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the Government believed “quite strongly” that the attack came from a foreign state and was: "as sure as possible" that North Korea was behind the attack.
CRJ 13:1, published in October, presents initial reports on Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Emily Hough interviews Jesper Holmer Lund of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group, and we take a look at humanitarian initiatives and why public t
A new seismic-resistant, fibre-reinforced concrete developed at the University of British Colombia will see its first first real-life application this autumn as part of the seismic retrofit of a Vancouver elementary school.
Last night (October 2) Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police (LVMPD) provided an update on the shooting of concertgoers in Las Vegas, in which 59 people died and 527 were injured.
The latest commission from Art on the Underground, a 12 minute film by London-based artists Broomberg and Chanarin, was unveiled last night at King’s Cross St Pancras Underground Station.
Smart home tech is predicted to reduce bills and the cost of home insurance, but MoneySuperMarket research shows that 76 per cent of Britons are wary of potential risks.
Oxford University Press (OUP) is partnering with the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) as it launches its Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) to provide free access to biomedical research for healthcare professionals and aid workers responding to hurric
In a new report, the charity International Alert draws on extensive research and evidence-based case studies to highlight the positive economic and social benefits of proactive actions to build peace, and the huge financial costs of conflict. It makes a s
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The First Responder Network Authority grew out of a 9/11 Commission recommendation calling for interoperable communications for all US first responders, writes Aislynn C Turner
Lorena Enebral Perez, 38, a Spanish national, was in the ICRC’s rehabilitation centre in Mazar-e-Sharif when she was shot, apparently by a patient. Lorena’s work involved helping children, women and men who lost legs or arms or with many other forms of di
Speaking at the opening of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, ICRC President Peter Maurer issued a stark reminder to states about the impact arms flows are having on societies around the globe.
An estimated 1.2 million people have been affected by Hurricane Irma and that could rise sharply to 26 million, according to the Red Cross.
Houston's recovery from Hurricane Harvey flooding will be a "multi-year project", Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said. "This is going to be a massive, massive clean-up process," he told the ABC News programme Good Morning America.
UNHCR says that since the beginning of August severe monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding across South Asia, affecting 40 million people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. More than 1,200 people are known to have died. The floods have damaged and de
Two Johns Hopkins University materials science graduate students and their professors have played a key role in a multi-institution research project that pinpointed how a tiny protein seems to make the deadly Ebola virus particularly contagious.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary for firefighter safety, but it is heavy, bulky, and increases the physiological burden of firefighting.
An exhaustive global analysis of rainfall and rivers shows signs of a radical shift in streamflow patterns, with more intense flooding in cities and smaller catchments, coupled with a drier countryside.
A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research describes a computational model capable of learning that can be used to predict the occurrence of extreme fire weather in northern Alberta, Canada.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is carrying out a major distribution of food and other essential items to more than 64,000 people in West Mosul. This is not only the first such distribution of its kind since the western part of the cit
In June 2016, Google updated all Android smartphones in the world with Advanced Mobile Location (AML), a technology that allows emergency services to locate a caller in danger accurately. Fast forward a year later, the service has been activated in many c
Fake news, terrorist attack analysis, cybersecurity and ransomware, emergency and organisational management, Artificial Intelligence, Earth Observation and space technology for humanitarian applications, search and rescue in the US, NIMs and much, much mo
UK Parliamentarians launch inquiry into humanitarian standards in detecting and disposing of improvised explosive devices.
Global satellite provider supplies NGO with satcoms and volunteers to enable faster, more co-ordinated responses to natural disasters
In October 2015, Giles Duley was commissioned by the UNHCR to document the refugee crisis. Over the next seven months, he criss-crossed Europe and the Middle East with the aim of putting a human face to one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time.
The 24-storey Grenfell Tower in Kensington, West London, caught fire and was engulfed by flames in the early hours of the morning of June 14. Six fatalities have been reported and 74 people have been taken to hospital, 20 of them with critical injuries.
The World Economic Forum has announced its 2017 class of Technology Pioneers, representing the world’s most innovative start-ups and scale-ups in such fields as artificial intelligence and robotics, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, cybersecurity
Security experts have identified 12 key climatic risks to international security that may shape the geostrategic landscape of the 21st century. These risks are explored in a multi-author volume by the Center for Climate and Security and partners called Ep
Overheated cities face climate change costs at least twice as big as the rest of the world because of the 'urban heat island' effect, new research shows.
Scientists have discovered a way to structurally modify vancomycin to make an already-powerful version of the antibiotic even more potent, an advance that could eliminate the threat of antibiotic-resistant infections for years to come. Dale Boger, co-chai
The startling extent to which man-made pollution is devastating China's vital ecosystem's ability to offset damaging carbon emissions has been revealed.
Firefighters, who respond to emergency calls around the clock and frequently work 24-hour extended shifts, often experience acute sleep deprivation, chronic sleep deficiency and misalignment of the body clock.
One out of three people in the world is exposed to earthquakes, a number that almost doubled in the past 40 years. Around one billion people in 155 countries are exposed to floods and 414 million live near one of the 220 most dangerous volcanoes.
At 20:33 on May 22, 2017, a terrorist detonated an improvised explosive device containing shrapnel in the form of nuts and bolts as crowds made their way out of an Ariana Grande concerte at Europe’s largest indoor arena in Mancheser, UK.
Floods are the most common natural disaster with the largest impacts on society. Official statistics show a gradual decrease in the number of fatalities thanks to better early warnings, but flood damage appears to be increasing because of economic growth,
Vulnerabilities in the power grid are one of the most prevalent national security threats. The technical community has called for building up the resiliency of the grid using distributed energy and microgrids for stabilization. Power production from multi
This report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) looks at the relationship between building the resilience of cities in the face of global environmental change, and increasing the resource efficiency of cities to reduce their harmful impac
New insights have emerged around three of the most pressing risks to business performance in the 21st century – cyber attack, natural hazards and supply chain failure – with the release of the 2017 FM Global Resilience Index.
A new report by Water Footprint Network on the impacts that increasing water scarcity and drought may have on the European Union (EU) economy was launched at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU) in April.
Rudimentary attacks, such as intrusion attempts, information gathering and policy violations pose the greatest risk to midsized organisations, according to a recent cyber threat report by eSentire, Inc., a pure-play managed detection and response (MDR) pr
The next edition of the Crisis Response Journal is now published, here's a round-up of what's inside.
No planet is better studied than the one we actually live on. NASA's fleet of 18 Earth science missions in space, supported by aircraft, ships and ground observations, measure aspects of the environment that touch the lives of every person around the worl
Nasa scientists have released new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across the planet.
Did you know that April 26, 2017 is Resilience Day?
Over the years, forecasters have improved hurricane path prediction significantly, but the ability to predict the intensity of storms has lagged behind. It is difficult and dangerous to collect data in the midst of the storm, and space technology could no
More than 80 people have been killed and 110,000 displaced by heavy rain-related incidents in Peru since December. Rivers burst their banks, bridges collapsed and mudslides caused extensive damage.
Senior counter terrorism police have briefed business this week about the Westminster attack, how security measures are being stepped up and to request increased collaboration and assistance from the business community, writes Roger Gomm.
Winston Chang has previously served for over two decades in the Singapore Armed Forces and in various operational command and training positions with the Singapore Civil Defence Force in Singapore. His international experience in disaster management and r
Researchers from the Melbourne School of Design have called on Australia to adopt building standards to protect occupants against heat stress. This follows a study that if a heatwave hit Melbourne and the power blacked out, most of the city’s apartment bu
DJI, the world's leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, has released the first-ever survey of lifesaving drone activity, finding that drones have rescued at least 59 people from life-threatening conditions in 18 separate incidents around the globe.
As the war in Syria reaches its six-year milestone, Unicef has issued a grim assessment of the conflict’s impact on children, saying that verified instances of killing, maiming and recruitment of children increased sharply in 2016 in a drastic escalation
The first computer model to simulate the whole chain of hazard events triggered by offshore mega sub...
Communicating earthquake risk has long been a major challenge for scientists, yet the right messages at the right time can and will save lives, say US Communication scholars in an article published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research.
Residents of New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have often experienced the serious consequences of bushfires. In 2013, bushfires in January and October burnt 768,000 hectares of land and destroyed 279 homes in NSW. Tragically
On Thursday December 8, the NGO Emergency inaugurated the new building at the Maternity Centre in Anabah, Afghanistan. The expansion of the existing Centre, which opened in 2003, will enable the organisation to further improve the medical assistance provi
The Mission Request Vade Mecum has been developed to help emergency frontline personnel to safely deal with helicopters at an incident, including police officers, firefighters, ambulances, and all other personnel who may be involved in requesting and hand
On frontline services’ biggest night of the year in the UK, new research finds that less than half of fireworks users even read the instructions.
Natural disasters – such as Hurricane Matthew – and climate change are having devastating effects on cities and the four billion people who live in them today.
The Red Cross is announcing a new project supported by Land Rover – the 18th in the company's current five year relationship; today, October 13th, (Natural Disaster Reduction Day). The project, which will be run by the Mexican Red Cross, will strengthen d
The ICRC has released an e-briefing that shows the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. These consequences have been known to the world since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, says the International Committee of
The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee starts its inquiry into future UK-EU police and security co-operation taking evidence from academics, NGOs and legal professionals on the aspects of current UK-EU co-operation that may be worth sustaining, and the practic
Researchers found no overall increase in cancer risk among World Trade Center (WTC)-exposed firefighters following the 9/11 attacks compared with other firefighters from several US cities. They noted a nearly four-fold increase in the rate in thyroid canc
A recent population-wide study from Denmark, demonstrates a ‘significant and immediate’ spike in the diagnoses of trauma and stressor related disorders (eg adjustment disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder; PTSD) in Denmark in the weeks and months af
CRJ welcomes Dr Jörg Szarzynski, Education Programme Director and Head of the EduSphere section at the United Nations University, to its Editorial Advisory Panel.
A researcher at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel has developed a new methodology to track and manage rumours during emergencies, and proposes guidelines for first responders and agencies on how to handle the rumour dissemination loop.
For the first time since its launch, Europol’s Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) has organised and joined forces with the IRUs on a 48-hour joint action to secure the removal of the material as quickly as possible. The teams jointly targeted accounts used b
The new head of the United Nations environment agency has laid out key issues facing the international community on environmental issues, including pollution as well as the linkages among the environment, wars and conflicts, and migration.
A panel of academic and industrial thinkers has looked ahead to 2030 to forecast how advances in artificial intelligence (AI) might affect life in a typical North American city – in areas as diverse as transportation, health care and education – and to sp
EU: Dutch National Police, Europol, Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab have joined forces to launch an initiative called No More Ransom, a new step in the co-operation between law enforcement and the private sector to fight ransomware together.
Analysis by a team from Drexel University in the US, have found that firefighters may shun safety gear owing to the pressure of living up to their image as risk-takers.
Dr Xuechen Li of HKU Department of Chemistry and his research team, together with collaborators in University of Central Florida (Dr Yu Yuan), USA and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Dr Sheng Chen), reported their studies on the synthesis of a newly
Inadequate infrastructure and weak logistic chains substantially increase the risk that an extreme natural event will become a disaster. This is a core finding of the World Risk Report 2016, published by the United Nations University Institute for Environ
Climate disasters like heat-waves or droughts enhance the risk of armed conflicts in countries with high ethnic diversity, says the Potsdam Institute for Climate and Impact Research (PIK).
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has set up a committee to examine whether Mitrabah, Kuwait, set a new highest temperature record for the Eastern hemisphere and Asia, with a reported temperature of 54.0°C (129.2°F) on July 21 2016.
University of South Florida researchers investigating the aftermath of a September 2014 sewer line break in St Petersburg, Florida, have found dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the untreated wastewater that gushed into neighbourhoods and into Boc
The first six months of 2016 were the warmest six-month period in NASA's modern temperature record, which dates to 1880.
Flood-related losses can be expected to increase considerably in Germany as a result of climate change, according to a new study.
Climate change is happening now, says a new UK government report. Globally, 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000. The impacts of climate change are already being felt in the UK, and urgent action is required to address climate-rel
A huge earthquake may be building beneath Bangladesh, the most densely populated nation on earth. Scientists say they have new evidence of increasing strain there, where two tectonic plates underlie the world's largest river delta.
Scientists have long suggested that global warming could lead to a slowdown – or even shutdown – of the vast system of ocean currents, including the Gulf Stream, which keeps Europe warm.
Scientists have specified how many deaths can be attributed to man-made climate change during an extreme heatwave in two European cities in 2003.
The structure of coconut walls could help to design buildings that can withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters, according to researchers at the University of Freiburg.
Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have found that the September ozone hole has shrunk by more than four million square kilometres – about half the area of the contiguous United States –since 2000, when ozone depletion was at its peak.
A single dose of either of two experimental Zika vaccines fully protected mice challenged with Zika virus four or eight weeks after receiving the inoculations, according to research conducted by investigators supported by the National Institute of Allergy
A project involving scientists from the UK and India to predict monsoon rainfall by studying ocean processes in the Bay of Bengal has been launched.
An analysis of temperatures, vectorial capacity, basic reproductive number (R0), and air traveller flows suggests parts of Southern Europe may be at risk for Zika outbreaks between June and August, according to a study led by Umeå University researchers i
Usually, materials take on more water as the humidity around them increases. But researchers observed that carbon-rich nanorods – which they created in error while trying to fabricate magnetic nanowires – suddenly expelled a large amount of water as the r
An international team of scientists has found a potentially viable way to remove anthropogenic (caused or influenced by humans) carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere – turn it into rock.
Storms that battered Australia's east coast are a harbinger of things to come and a stark reminder of the need for a national effort to monitor the growing threat from climate change, coastal researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) warn.
"It is possible to finance the drinking water supply in the majority of countries worldwide by the year 2030," says Dr Michael Jacob, lead author of a study from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in Berlin, Germany
This issue’s three main themes feature a look at a changing humanitarian landscape in the light of the World Humanitarian Summit, security and terrorism, management and leadership and our popular RandD technology feature.
Sierra Leone: A new study suggests reconciliation programmes promote societal healing, but that these gains come at the cost of reduced psychological health, worsening depression, anxiety, and trauma.
Economic and population growth on top of climate change could lead to serious water shortages across a broad swath of Asia by the year 2050, a newly published study by MIT scientists has found.
Every year, The United Nations aims to raise awareness of the plight of communities living in daily fear of landmines through its International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine action. This year, the day falls on April 4, 2016.
Readers of CRJ are invited to join Editorial Advisory Panel Member and Fulbright alumnus Chief Inspector Andrew Brown to discuss his work designing conflict de-escalation skills for military operations in Afghanistan in a Fulbright Frontiers event hosted
This issue features reports on flooding in Georgia and the terrorist attack on a university in Pakistan, as well as a look at the self-regulating dynamic of informal settlements, and examines interoperability between emergency services in the UK. We discu
The repeated storms that battered Europe's Atlantic coastline during the winter of 2013/14 were the most energetic in almost seven decades, new research has shown.
Nasa has selected two proposals for new Earth science investigations that will put new instruments in low-Earth orbit to track harmful particulate air pollutants and study the development of tropical cyclones.
UN: With 99 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse uncovered by the United Nations in 2015, 69 of these in countries where peacekeeping operations are deployed – the Organisation presented its latest report on special measures to protect people from
In emergencies, people may trust robots too much for their own safety, a new study suggests. In a mock building fire, test subjects followed instructions from an ‘Emergency Guide Robot’ even after the machine had proven itself unreliable – and after some
An innovative Police/Fire approach is being adopted in Devon, UK, say Lee Howell, Chief Fire Officer of Devon and Somerset and Member of CRJ’s Editorial Advisory Panel, and Shaun Sawyer, Chief Constable, Devon and Cornwall, UK. Here, they outline how publ
Chief Inspector Andrew B Brown is an internationally recognised negotiator with specialist knowledge and experience in dealing in with hostage/crisis incidents particularly within a maritime environment and in designing conflict de-escalation skills for m
Crisis Response Journal – represented by Editorial Advisory Panel Member Lina Kolesnikova – is taking part in the UNISDR Science and Technology conference in Geneva as a working group member. The conference topic is ‘Mobilising science to implement the fo
Dr Robert Glasser, an experienced leader and thinker on development issues, took up his new role in early January as head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). He was appointed as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Dis
Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution – the acute challenges of geo-economics, global security, public health, education, gender parity and climate change – will be discussed at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016
Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell, Independent Chairman of the Arson Prevention Forum, and Member of CRJ’s Editorial Advisory Panel, outlines the scale of arson and seeks examples of good practice from the fire and police community specifically related to arr
Funds raised by the auction of the two-millionth Series Land Rover and Defender at Bonhams, London, in December will go towards a major community resilience project in Nepal, says the British Red Cross.
USA: How do you solve large-scale global issues like climate change and geopolitical conflict? The combination of human and computer intelligence might be just what’s needed to find solutions to the ‘wicked’ problems of the world, say researchers from Cor
The death toll from the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, November 13, is 130. Eight of the attackers were killed; seven are reported to have set off explosive vests. At least 180 people were injured, including 99 who remain in a critical condition.
The RAPID-International book of poems has been written based on real-life situations and the thoughts and feelings of the rescuers, survivors and supporters. The book is to raise much-needed funds for RAPID’s voluntary response team, which has vast experi
A global competition to find new ideas for improving cyber security and resilience has found both innovation and diversity are flourishing in next generation of cyber experts.
UK Home Secretary Theresa May met with US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson on September 30 to discuss progress on a range of shared homeland security-related concerns, including counterterrorism efforts, aviation security, collaboration in law e
Senior leaders from across the United Kingdom came together last week at the NEC in Birmingham to discuss the problem of arson and how its consequences in terms of costs and lives lost/injuries can be reduced further.
Switzerland: Eighty-six accidents related, or that are suspected to be related, to anti-vehicle mines (AVMs) were recorded in 18 countries during the first six months of 2015.
The risk of extreme weather events causing global ‘food shocks’ is set to rise sharply unless we make our systems more resilient.
“Choices made today can lock in emissions trajectories for years to come and leave communities vulnerable to climate impacts,” says World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change Rachel Kyte. “To reach zero net emissions before the e
Milipol Paris has issued a statement: "We are shocked and saddened by the terrorist attacks that happened last night in Paris. Our sympathy goes out to the families of the victims."
A patient who survived the unthinkable has brought a whole new meaning to the term ‘butt dialling’ and believes that prayer, along with a little help from Siri, saved his life.
The United Nations Humanitarian Chief and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, Stephen O’Brien, concluded a three-day visit to Syria on August 17, warning that this protracted conflict in Syria not only severely affects the lives of millions of people, but also
The Marie Bashir Institute and Centre for International Security Studies in Australia have released the interim report of Saving Lives: The Civil-Military Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa.
Editorial Advisory Panel Member Christophe Libeau describes two further terrorist attempts in France.
Brussels: The Commission published the report it received from a Task Force led by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525.
CRJ is pleased to welcome Robert McAlister to its Editorial Advisory Panel.
July 7, 2015 is the tenth anniversary of the London bomb attacks, in which 52 people died. Here, Red Cross volunteer Roland Harris, remembers that day in a personal account, and CRJ has made its reports on the incidents available to readers.
Aid International Development Forum (AIDF) has released an infographic (see below) that explores humanitarian aid and trends in procurement. Within disaster relief logistics, procurement accounts for 65 per vent of total expenditures by the UN organisatio
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has announced the release of the official Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 publication in English, following the UN General Assembly endorsement on June 3, 2015.
Roger Gomm, Editorial Advisory Panel Member and CRJ Security Correspondent, advises on reading the US State Department’s Annual Report on Terrorism for 2014.
The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, used the G7 summit in Germany to outline how the UK will step up its efforts to combat the outbreak and spread of deadly viruses with a new plan that will include more research and development and an improvement
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Gaziantep, Turkey: A major escalation in fighting among all parties to the Syrian conflict is threatening critical supply routes for humanitarian aid in areas between the Turkish border and Aleppo City and forcing thousands of vulnerable civilians trapped
According to a forensic investigation report released on Thursday 7 May by the City of Cape Town, two of the three fires that ravaged the Cape Peninsula in March this year (see CRJ 10:3) were deliberately started, while a third – the largest of the three
Today Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, signed the agreement on the country's official participation in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, together with Dr Fuat Oktay, President of the Disaster and Emergency
Crisis Response Journal had a very successful two days at this year’s Counter Terror Expo, held in London Olympia in April. Welcome to our new subscribers, and it was a genuine pleasure to meet so many of our current subscribers.
Advisory Panel Member Roger Gomm reports from Rwanda, where says that his students are concerned about the worsening situation in Burundi and an escalating refugee crisis.
Five days after the 7.8 earthquake that struck the Central and Western regions of Nepal, the Nepalese Government had recorded 4,358 deaths. However, this toll is under constant revision upwards. More than 8,000 people have been injured and eight million p
An outbreak of typhoid in Uganda, which started in January, has led to more than 12,000 suspected cases and two deaths, reports CRJ Editorial Advisory Panel Member Roger Gomm.
Two Teesside University physiotherapist academics are working with a leading international humanitarian organisation to ensure that victims of conflict and natural disasters have access to optimal standards of physiotherapy care amid challenging condition
Cape Town: In the early hours of Wednesday morning, March 25, 2015, three paramedics were held at gunpoint while trying to assist a five-year-old child, writes Hilary Phillips.
Is humanity the collateral damage of terror? Christine Jessup calls for governments and societies to react in a measured manner to events such as the Martin Place siege in Sydney, Australia. She warns that instinctive reactions, categorisations and action
The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has released a critical analysis of the Ebola epidemic in west Africa over the past year, revealing the shortcomings of the global response to the crisis and warning that t
World: In preparation for its upcoming AIDF Asia: Aid and Response Summit, the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) has released a Mobile for Development infographic, visualising the growing ubiquity of the mobile phone in the developing world,
It is with sadness that CRJ reports on the death in action of Parisian firefighter Lance-Corporal Aurélie Salel.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have launched an initiative to scale-up community and civic action on resilience: the ‘One Billion Coalition for Resilience’.
For years, British humanitarian NGOs have criticised counter-terrorism laws for undermining their aid operations, and British Muslim NGOs have argued that they have been disproportionately affected by such laws. Banks have placed restrictions on the servi
The urban resilience initative 100 Resilient Cities (100RC)? was pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation to help cities build resilience to the social, economic and physical challenges of the 21st century (see CRJ 10:1).
Following on from the successful Secure Societies Briefing event on January 21, 2015, KTN is hosting a workshop to explore the Disaster Management and Resilience theme in detail, with the aim of generating ideas and promoting networking.
In a significant development for the Bhopal Disaster case, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has offered to undertake a full evaluation of the spread of toxic waste at the derelict Union Carbide factory in Bhopal.
The ICRC has released a new Health Care in Danger (HCiD) publication aimed at helping states to implement the aspects of international law that protect the provision of health care during conflicts and other emergencies.
This year is the year for global action, says the World Economic Forum (WEF). If politicians, the private sector and international organisations fail to act on climate change and sustainable development in 2015, the opportunity to create low-carbon growth
A new briefing, commissioned by the Remote Control Project, finds that remote warfare tactics – the use of special forces, drones, private military and security companies (PMSCs) and cyber warfare – are coming back to haunt the states that use them, deemi
UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres says large numbers of Syrian refugees are sliding into abject poverty, at an alarming rate, owing to the magnitude of the crisis and insufficient support from the international community.
The Israel Ministry of Science has approved a research grant to investigate Victim Identification following Mass Disaster. The grant is being run through Hebrew University.
UK: The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) has been presented with an ‘Innovation in Action’ award by the National Health Service (NHS) Alliance, recognising its work in ‘Sharing Innovation’.
Lima, Peru, December 9, 2014: Tackling climate change requires serious collaboration between the public and private sectors, engagement with civil society, and having strong and transparent institutions, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen
It has been announced that Mr GB Menon passed away today (7th November 2014) at 13:00 hrs in Ernakulam, Kerala
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE; LAGOS, NIGERIA: IBM has launched several initiatives to help curb the spread of Ebola in West Africa.
We are delighted to welcome three new Members to our Editorial Advisory Panel
USA: Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a widely distributed group of marine bacteria that produce compounds nearly identical to toxic man-made fire retardants.
Central African Republic: Sixteen civilians, including three national staff members with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), were killed during an armed robbery on MSF hospital grounds in the northern town of Boguila, in the Central Af
Flash floods have killed at least 16 people and left some 10,000 homeless in the Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara
Save the Children says 40 people are unaccounted for and staff have witnessed a child being swept away.
Days of rain caused rivers to burs
UK: January 16, 2014: The chronic gap between the incomes of the richest and poorest citizens is seen as the risk that is most likely to cause serious damage globally in the coming decade, according to over 700 global experts that contributed to the World
Geneva (WMA / ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Medical Association (WMA) signed a memorandum of understanding in Geneva today, in which the two organisations agree to join forces in a worldwide effort to combat vio
Chemicals used as flame retardants are present as environmental pollutants at locations around the globe, including remote sites in Indonesia, Nepal and Tasmania, according to a study by researchers from the Indiana University School of Public and Environ
Belo Horizonte/Brazil, 16 June 2012 - With the urgency of global action bigger than ever, new alliances between young municipal leaders and seasoned sustainability experts are needed to prompt strong action beyond Rio+20. This was one of the key messages
Security guru urges people to plan for cyber threats just as they would any other disaster,©as World Conference on Disaster Management gets underway June 25-27 in Toronto
University of Cambridge, UK: A new five-year study is to target a relatively neglected area of earthquake research - the ten million square kilometres of the Alpine-Himalayan belt stretching from Italy, Greece and Turkey, across the Middle East, Iran and
UK: The Government must improve on its current reactive posture to the threat of a major electro-magnetic pulse event says the Defence Committee in its report entitled: Developing Threats: Electro-Magnetic Pulses (EMP) - see CRJ 6:3, October 2011; Space w
USA: The Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG), a group affiliated with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), is pleased to establish the Edward Blakely Award.
Scientists in the US have warned Nasa that the amount of so-called space junk orbiting Earth is at tipping point.
Matthew Cheesman, who is working on the emergency clean-up and restoration in Croydon after the riots, has sent CRJ these images from behind the cordons.
UK: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have joined up with Michael Eavis, the farmer behind the Glastonbury festival, to remind people of the risks from setting off sky (Chinese) lanterns and in particular the risks they carry to farmer’s cattle a
Pakistan is still not sufficiently prepared to cope with flooding and other natural disasters, a year after the worst floods in its history, aid agency Oxfam has said.
BONN/GERMANY - Over the next 40 years we will have to build the same urban capacity again that was built over the last 4,000 years. On top of this, 80 per cent of the expected US$80-100 billion per year in climate change adaptation costs are to be borne b
March 27, 2011: Scientists have described a discovery that could underpin a new genre of firefighting devices, including sprinkler systems that suppress fires not with water, but with zaps of electric current, without soaking and damaging the contents of
The Sun has unleashed its strongest flare in four years, observers say.