Natural Disasters: Minimizing Damage

A natural disaster is defined as any severe form of weather or naturally occurring event that poses a significant threat to human safety, interrupts necessary daily activities, and threatens infrastructure or property. 

Because natural disasters often happen suddenly and without warning, their effects can be catastrophic. From seemingly endless wildfires in California to the devastating effects of cyclones and hurricanes, such as Cyclone Fani touching down in Puri, India, it’s easy to see how natural disasters severely impact us all. 

However, there is hope. Scientists around the world are discovering ways to alert civilians before natural disasters, minimize loss of life and damage to property, and aid in post-disaster recovery. EPICS in IEEE is helping students lead the way in creating plans to help communities affected by natural disasters. 

From a flood monitoring system designed to alert residents to be aware of dangerous situations to building sustainable, portable temporary housing for victims of natural disasters and homelessness, EPICS is engineering the future of natural disaster relief and warnings.

Author: Michele Currenti

Michele is a creative content intern in Educational Activities at IEEE. She is currently pursing her masters in Voice & Opera at the University of Maryland, College Park. She also completed a Bachelor of Science in Brain & Cognitive Science at the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Music at the Eastman School of Music. She is interested in finding the various intersections of science and the arts to better humanity.