Disaster Services News

News and information on the role that government, small business, the nonprofit sector and philanthropy play in creating healthy and vibrant communities.

Workshop on Community Development Block Grants for Flood-Affected Businesses
The Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center is going to conduct a workshop on community development block grants and loans targeted to businesses hurt by flooding last September. The...more



Volunteers and Disaster Response Agencies Aid in Beaver Crossing Clean Up
Following the tornado that hit Beaver Crossing, disaster response agencies like the American red Cross and a slew of volunteers were ready to help victims in their disaster relief efforts. Nearly...more

HHS Advisory Committee to Focus on Needs of Children in Disasters
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' new National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters targets the needs of children in disasters. The new committee will dispense provide...more

HHS Provides Grants for Superstorm Sandy Recovery Research
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide more than $8 million in grants to support research to help in the long-term recovery in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy in October...more

Ambulance Volunteers Shortage Has Australian Locals Worried
Volunteers shortage impedes ambulance support for small towns in Australia and has the locals worried. According to Terry Whales of the SA Ambulance Service, most stations in Australia are manned...more

United Way of Escambia County Calls on Volunteers for Flood Relief Efforts
Following the disastrous flood that hit Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida, the United Way of Escambia County calls on volunteers for flood relief projects. Volunteers at these following...more

New Survey Of Human Services Organizations Discloses Ongoing Challenges to Long-Term Recovery After Superstorm Sandy
Spearheaded by Baruch College's School of Public Affairs and the Human Services Council of New York (HSC), a new survey of more than 100 human services nonprofits reveals serious, ongoing housing...more

Rockefeller Invests $100 Million For Stronger Cities
The Rockefeller Foundation expressed enthusiasm in building up cities to be more stronger and resilient in times of looming disasters. The foundation has committed $100 million directly into city...more

Federal Flood Recovery Funds Available for Waterloo Housing
Waterloo is accepting applications for federal flood recovery funds that are geared to develop multi-family rental housing in the city. The Iowa Economic Development Authority is providing a sixth...more

A Morning Coffee Cup and Traditional Teepee Inspire Creation of Disaster Shelters
Designer Michael McDaniel sought to create better disaster shelters. His Exo Housing System, which he claimed was inspired by a coffee cup, aims to help Hurricane Katrina victims in their recovery,...more






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Electric Car Startup is Revolutionizing Mobility for Wheelchair Users


Electric Car Startup is Revolutionizing Mobility for Wheelchair Users

Stacy Zoern’s electric-car startup Kenguru is starting to revolutionize mobility for millions of wheelchair users. Her Kenguru hatchback enables users access the vehicle using its rear-opening tailgate and automatic ramp, securing their wheelchairs via interlocking device. It has no seats.


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