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Brexit in seven possible scenarios

Brexit in seven possible scenarios

On June 27, 2016, Dr Patrick Lagadec examines some scenarios regarding how exactly the UK will leave the EU, and how Europe will react

CRJ comment on Brexit: What next for emergency resilience and response?

CRJ comment on Brexit: What next for emergency resilience and response?

The vote for the UK to leave the EU might shake in ways as yet unknown the foundations of all the work, efforts and passion that our readers and contributors have been striving together for in terms of unified safety, disaster prevention and response

CRJ 11:4 out now

CRJ 11:4 out now

Details of what's coming up in the next issue of the CRJ, including articles on multi-agency exercises, data for resilience, a look at the Zika virus, humanitarian issues, leadership and management, terrorism and security and cutting edge technology

Communicating confidence in a crisis

Communicating confidence in a crisis

Brian Dillon says that the value of clear messaging and instilling confidence at a time of extreme uncertainty cannot be overstated

Zika vaccines protect mice from infection and two-dollar lab testing kit is announced

Zika vaccines protect mice from infection and two-dollar lab testing kit is announced

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. Meanwhile, other researchers announce a cheap lab test for the virus

'Squishy' motors and wheels could make vehicles for search and rescue after disasters

'Squishy' motors and wheels could make vehicles for search and rescue after disasters

Engineers have created a small, squishy vehicle equipped with soft wheels rolls over rough terrain and runs under water. Future versions of this versatile vehicle might be suitable for search and rescue missions after disasters

Next flu pandemic could double past cost estimates

Next flu pandemic could double past cost estimates

A pandemic influenza outbreak in the United States could have widespread economic costs nearly double the total amounts experts have previously calculated, depending on how the public, government, and businesses responded to an epidemic

Predicting monsoon rainfall by examining ocean currents

Predicting monsoon rainfall by examining ocean currents

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

Final conference of European Critical Infrastructure Protection project

Final conference of European Critical Infrastructure Protection project

Advisory Panel Member Lina Kolesnikova reports from the EUCONCIP conference in Brussels, held earlier this month

The humanitarian potential of nanorods that expel water

The humanitarian potential of nanorods that expel water

The team foresees a future where this phenomenon could improve quality of life. They see their discovery as a potential humanitarian lifesaver, describing it as: "A paradigm shift in water purification and separation," in their paper

Risk of Zika to Southern Europe

Risk of Zika to Southern Europe

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

Security challenges facing the Balkans

Security challenges facing the Balkans

Lina Kolesnikova reports on a conference that looked at crime in the Balkans, including human rights, the impact of the refugee crisis, growing fears of radicalisation in certain countries - just a few of the serious problems facing the Balkans today

Low cost weather centres to help prevent flash flooding in Sri Lanka

Low cost weather centres to help prevent flash flooding in Sri Lanka

Soumya Balasubramanya and Yann Chemin describe how open-source mobile weather monitoring centres are being installed to reduce the risk of flash floods in Sri Lanka

What makes the public more likely to second-guess authorities during a crisis?

What makes the public more likely to second-guess authorities during a crisis?

In a digital age when people have many information sources, during a crisis they will not always seek guidance from the government or other official channels. But when might they?

Bringing CERT and SAR training to Nepal

Bringing CERT and SAR training to Nepal

Dr Behrouz Moghaddasi, a physician from Iran and founder of that country's Search and Rescue Team, is now in Nepal, seeking to improve safety and preparedness by setting up a new institute

R&D Blog: Cognitive systems in disaster response

R&D Blog: Cognitive systems in disaster response

Eighty per cent of data today is invisible to today’s technologies. With cognitive systems, a technology that mimics the way our brain thinks, much of this data can be understood and used to solve challenges in disaster response

The hazards of managing spontaneous volunteers during emergencies

The hazards of managing spontaneous volunteers during emergencies

Asfandeyar Niazi says that although Pakistan now has rescue teams and a respectable, and expanding, emergency medical service, there is still the need for a unified incident command system

Using virtual reality training to save lives in disasters

Using virtual reality training to save lives in disasters

Our bloggers say that, with the advent of Virtual Reality technology, it may be possible to replicate real life situations more accurately and learn from our experiences without any added trauma