Disaster Book Club: A Paradise Built in Hell

Join us for our May 2019 Disaster Book Club event! In April, we will be reading Rebecca Solnit’s “A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster.” Using case studies and personal experiences, Melanie Cole from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management will be there to lead a presentation on community building […]
Apr 2, 2019

Seattle’s Caribbean communities send aid to storm-damaged homelands

Seattleites reach out to friends and family in Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, Dominica and other islands, as the Caribbean rebuilds from devastating storms.
Oct 3, 2017

Isolated Puerto Rico communities ration food after Hurricane Maria

Communities in at least nine neighborhoods in Utuado started rationing food and water, after Hurricane Maria blocked roads and destroyed local crops.
Oct 2, 2017

More than 200 dead in Afghanistan, Pakistan earthquake

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, with reports of shock waves being felt as far as New Delhi.
Oct 26, 2015
The South Korean ferry that sank last month, leaving more than 300 dead. (Photo from Wikipedia)

Please stop disappointing me, Korea

A month on, the Sewol ferry disaster is still haunting South Korea — and Korean Americans living in Seattle.
May 21, 2014
Women and children receive typhoon relief aid last month. (Photo courtesy Balsa Mindanao)

Filipina women, forced migration and disaster trafficking

On International Migrants’ Day, we should be talking about the root causes of trafficking and labor exploitation: global inequality.
Dec 18, 2013

Lessons from Hurricane Katrina for Typhoon Haiyan relief

After seeing the impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf, relief work in the Philippines will be anything but a quick fix. 
Nov 21, 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan a preview of calamities to come

With 10,000 people feared dead, the latest typhoon to hit the Philippines is a sure sign it’s time for real action on climate change.
Nov 10, 2013