A new certificate program at Georgia Tech is teaching health and humanitarian organizations how to better manage and move their supplies. One of the program’s creators pointed to the challenges of getting help to victims of recent disasters, like the tsunami in Japan and southeast Asia, the earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Katrina.
Under new U.S. Department of Agriculture rules announced Thursday, all but a handful of Georgia counties are considered disaster areas because of ongoing drought. The department is trying to shorten the time between a disaster and making aid available to farmers.
Cases are still outstanding three years after the deadly explosion and fire at the Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah. Fourteen people died and scores were wounded in one of the worst industrial disasters in state history. Federal officials later found, the company "willfully" violated safety rules by letting combustible dust build up.