Articles about Public Safety

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Stormy Septembers in the Piedmont
   September 15, 2011
Ruth Ann Grissom
The Atlantic hurricane season spans June through November, but North Carolina typically sees some of the worst storms in September, and we sometimes experience their devastation here in the Piedmont. I managed to dodge hurricanes Hugo and Fran, but the Uwharries weren't so lucky. Read more


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Assessing our learning curve 10 years after 9/11
   September 8, 2011

Cindy Combs
If we want to assess how well we have learned about the threat of terrorism we need to look back over a decade. But we also need to look at our world today, and we must look to the future to decide how high the cost of failure – or success – could be. Read more


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Planning and Responding to Disasters: A Risky Proposition
   April 20, 2011

Jim Walsh

“Which is more likely to kill more Americans in the US in the next year, a nuclear meltdown similar to Chernobyl  or a hurricane similar to Katrina?”

(Please write down your answer, and then read on…)

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Will we ever learn from disasters?
   March 24, 2011

Brian Zapata
The March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the northeast coastal area of Japan has highlighted the extreme vulnerability of man-made infrastructure to natural hazards.  Despite tremendous advances in engineering and construction, disasters of this magnitude lead us to question whether or not we should build infrastructure robust enough to withstand such a devastating... Read more