Prepare to Protect
September is National Preparedness Month. The observance reminds us of the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. At NASA, we observe changes in the Earth and in communities all the time. Our unique vantage point means we can see the onset of changes. If we can work together to understand the significance of those changes earlier, we can all prepare better.
In this newsletter, you’ll discover how vital it is to take anticipatory action for potential disasters. You’ll find stories of how collaborating and working with NASA helps communities worldwide be better informed, positioned and provisioned when disasters unfold—and helps them build back smarter. You’ll discover how lessons of the past are informing actions for the future, and how you can take advantage of NASA’s legacy of Earth-observation data as well as our emerging technologies. Finally, we hope you’ll share in our excitement as we share how we are helping prepare the next generation of scientists to ensure they understand how the interplay of Earth systems and climate change impacts our world.
 
Preparation reduces risk, and we realize that preparation takes a whole community effort. Thank you for being an essential part of our disasters community.
Sincerely,

David Green
Program Manager, NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program Area
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Readying for Resilience
September 6 2017 NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens using VIIRS data from LANCE-EOSDIS Rapid Response
National Preparedness Month
Disaster preparedness is at the core of the NASA Disasters program’s mission to cultivate disaster resilience worldwide, yet hazard prediction and preparation are often overshadowed by disaster response and recovery. In recognition of September as National Disaster Preparedness Month, learn how NASA helps communities prepare for disasters.
Central America flooding 2020
NASA Helps Prep Central America for Disasters to Come
NASA's Disasters program generates data products with a global view of Earth for application at regional levels. See how leaders in Central America worked with NASA to track damage in near real-time when hurricanes Eta and Iota hit in Nov. 2020 and learn how that history of collaboration will help keep communities safer this hurricane season.
Risk Reduction, Response, and Recovery
While NASA is not an operational response agency, access to our resources, relationships, and scientific expertise enables affected stakeholders a unique multi-discipline systemic analysis of hazards and disasters to inform actionable decisions.

Here are some recent events we have been supporting.
Hurricane Ida 2021
Hurricane Ida struck southeast Louisiana as a powerful Category 4 storm on Aug. 29, 2021. Discover how researchers from across NASA and its partner organizations are providing Earth-observing satellite data, maps and analysis to stakeholders to aid response and recovery efforts.

Haiti Earthquake, Landslides & Flooding 2021
On Aug. 14, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southwestern Haiti. Two days later, Tropical Storm Grace compounded the impacts of the disaster, causing flash flooding and additional landslides. Learn how the agency leverages its unique capabilities to monitor disasters from an integrated Earth systems perspective to provide support for these cascading disasters.

Taal Volcanic Eruption 2021
In early July 2021, Taal Volcano in the Philippines experienced a series of explosive interactions of water and magma. See how NASA monitors the volcanic activity as an integrated system, and equips local stakeholders with tools to better prepare for a potential eruption and mitigate its impacts. 

People Behind the Program
Trial by Fire: Lessons Learned from the 2018 Camp Fire

Of the more than 100 disasters he’s been involved with over almost three years with NASA's Disasters program, California's 2018 Camp Fire still stands out in Brady Helms' mind. Read what he learned from the experience and how he's helping people respond to disasters and prepare for future risks.
Shayna Skolnik photo
Visualizing Disaster Impacts with Virtual Reality

Shayna Skolnik shares the promise of using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to help users gain a better sense of size and scale. and visualize how different systems relate to each other, for a more intuitive understanding of disasters and hazards.
Innovations for Your Disasters Toolkit
NASA Products for Tropical Cyclone Monitoring
Did you know that NASA has many near real-time data products available for tropical cyclone monitoring? This downloadable one-page summary outlines imagery and products used by the disasters community in previous seasons and can serve as a starting point for using NASA science and data.
Machine Learning Model Doubles Accuracy of Global Landslide 'Nowcasts'
Every year, landslides cause thousands of deaths, billions of dollars in damages, and disruptions to roads and power lines. What if we could identify at-risk areas anywhere in the world at any time? Enter the latest version of NASA’s Global Landslide Hazard Assessment (LHASA) model and mapping tool.
New Black Marble Product Integrated into Disasters Mapping Portal
Knowing where and how long electrical power has been out can help inform emergency managers where to send first responders, repair crews, and supplies. The Black Marble Nighttime Lights Blue/Yellow Composite illustrates changes in nighttime lights that may be due to power outages from disasters.
Fostering the Future of Disasters Understanding
Project Atmosphere: Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists
NASA researchers recently took part in a professional development course for teachers called "Project Atmosphere." Created by the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Education Program, the course is designed to share the latest atmospheric resources and information with science teachers who use it to increase interest and understanding in science, technology, and mathematics among pre-college students.
mapathon prototype mockup
DU-NASA Mapathon Produces Nine Disaster Risk Prototypes
Academic institutions can play a prominent role in connecting NASA data with local communities. See how students used what they learned last winter, in an interagency mapathon between the District University of Bogotá and NASA’s Disasters program, to create a suite of nine disaster risk management prototype apps that will benefit people in some of Columbia’s most vulnerable areas.
In the News

Advancements by the Landslides Team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are featured in a new Science Update published in the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) science news magazine, Eos.


In a recent GIS Directions podcast by Esri Australia, Laura Pheobus, GIS specialist with NASA's Disasters program, shows how more than four million photographs of Earth taken by astronauts in space help track the health of our planet and provides a real-world, real-time view of disaster events.


University of Maryland’s Frank Monaldo shares how his team's NASA-sponsored research will help disaster responders such as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) make the “most” of their resources when responding to oil spills.
NASA and FEMA to Co-Host Resilient Nation Partnership Network’s 6th Annual Forum
NASA is proud to join FEMA to co-host the Resilient Nation Partnership Network’s (RNPN) 6th Annual Forum, the “Alliances for Climate Action Virtual Forum Series.” RNPN is a network of organizations and individuals united to inform, educate, and motivate communities to protect themselves from the loss of life, property, and prosperity resulting from natural hazards.
Karen St. Germain, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division and Gavin Schmidt, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies are among the speakers scheduled to present during weekly sessions of the forum each Wednesday in Oct. 2021 from noon-2 p.m. EDT.

Scheduled sessions include:
• Oct. 6 – "Our Future Vision"
• Oct. 13 – "When Climate Moves Communities"
• Oct. 20 – "Stories That Inspire"
• Oct. 27 – "Financing Climate Action"
More Upcoming Events
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