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  1. Disaster definition, scope & structure
  2. Event naming convention
  3. Jan 2015 - Jun 2006
  4. Jul 2006 - Dec 2006
  5. Jan 2007 - Nov 2015

Project reboot & project rename to WikiProject Emergency management[edit]

Hi y'all, I'm going to actively try a reboot of this project. As a part of that, I would like to rename the project to WikiProject Emergency management, per the primary article for the project being titled emergency management and that being the preferred term of the international association. Please indicate your support or opposition below. Additionally, please add your name to Wikipedia:WikiProject Disaster management/Participants if you are interested in participating with the project going forward. Ks0stm (TCGE) 21:46, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

Reactivate this WikiProject and/or rename "WikiProject Disaster management" to "WikiProject Emergency management"? Listed for RfC --George Ho (talk) 06:18, 1 July 2017 (UTC)


  • Support as proposer. Ks0stm (TCGE) 21:46, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Support per nom. --Scott Alter (talk) 16:33, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Support - focus less on the disaster (which could fall under many WikiProjects) and more on the response (the management side). Hurricanehink mobile (talk) 16:40, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Sure Ping us at WT:MED regarding health care related aspects. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:28, 2 July 2017 (UTC)



  • This increases the scope: "The name change indicates a change in orientation from specialized preparedness for single or narrowly defined categories of hazards toward an all-hazards approach that includes potential threats to life and property through environmental and technological hazards, and domestic and foreign attacks." the four phases of emergency management - FEMA Training StrayBolt (talk) 15:28, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Emergency management is the preferred name of the field. The name change has been brought up before (including by myself 8 years ago), but despite never having any opposition, the name change has never actually happened. I think it's finally time to proceed with the rename. However, I am doubtful the project will become significantly more active as a result - but it's worth a shot. --Scott Alter (talk) 16:33, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • George Ho, why did you list this as an RFC? Anybody is allowed to WP:REVIVE any dormant WikiProject at any time. Any group can call themselves anything they want. If a couple of people started working here, and decided to rename the project to WikiProject Saving The World, it would be okay. Everything they've done is already approved by the guideline and does not require permission or consensus from outsiders. Whether a group forms and what they call themselves is nobody else's business. Please remove the RFC tag and leave these participants alone. WhatamIdoing (talk) 18:29, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
Removed RFC tag. --George Ho (talk) 18:30, 1 July 2017 (UTC)

Proposed new category - oil train disasters[edit]

I'm proposing a new category named Category:Oil train disasters. There appears to be no comprehensive list of these particular derailments and collisions, nor even an article on what an oil train (oil shipped by rail) is. As I do not have an active user account, I cannot create the category myself, so I am proposing it here. Here's a chronological list (excluding a large number which are not notable enough for their own articles):

It might be debatable whether to include trains carrying propane, or collisions between a passenger and a non-passenger train, such as the Callaway train crash (Minnesota, USA, March 2016). There are other, earlier disasters involving chemical spills such as the 1979 Mississauga train derailment. Please comment on whether to narrow the definitions. It can be discussed whether a broader or separate category should include these as well. (talk) 22:53, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

(Late answer) We have Category:Train and subway fires. This does not contain the release of hazardous chemicals without a fire (nor freight train accidents without the release of any of contained dangerous chemicals, in case any are notable). Oil trains seem too specific to me, because many chemicals can burn and poison the vicinity at the same time. Accidents without an article of their own (notable by themselves or not) may be categorized and listed appropriately by adding the categories in a redirect page. An oil train would be nothing special among the transport of chemicals/fuel; many freight trains are mixed and contain tankers, containers, cars, bulk cargo, pallets etc. --Mopskatze (talk) 19:57, 3 June 2017 (UTC) P.S.: I have added some of the articles you listed to the fires category

Article improvement[edit]

Please see Disability and disasters, a short article that I would like to expand and improve. My knowledge of disaster/emergency management is rather rudimentary so I'm looking for a subject specialist editor who would be intetested in working with me. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 10:23, 1 August 2017 (UTC)

Please come and help...[edit]

Greetings! I have recently relisted a requested move discussion at Talk:2017 Washington train derailment#Requested move 21 December 2017, regarding a page related to this WikiProject. Your opinion and rationale are needed so a decision can be made. Thank you and Happy New Year to All!  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  12:29, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

Requested article: Kiribati shipwreck[edit]

In January 2018, a ferry in Kiribati capsized and sunk, and 81 people are apparently still missing. I can't seem to find anything about this on Wikipedia, except for an entry at List of shipwrecks in 2018 which I added. Can someone create this article please? The disaster definitely warrants its own article, and not having it shows the Western-centrism of Wikipedia.

--Xwejnusgozo (talk) 14:28, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

@Xwejnusgozo:: I'll add it to the list of articles I'm considering doing, and to Skysmith's list. Acebulf (talk) 02:29, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

The article is now live at MV Butiraoi. Acebulf (talk) 02:19, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

List of articles that might fall under our scope[edit]

Hello all,

I have gathered a list of articles that don't have the Wikiproject banner on their talk page but are linked from templates that do (e.g. navboxes).

The list is long and arduous, and I've put it here. I'll be going through and pruning the list of false positives, and then i'll assess them. Any help in removing articles that don't belong to the Wikiproject would be great!

The list is at Wikipedia:WikiProject Disaster management/Acebulf_list.

Acebulf (talk) 06:41, 25 March 2018 (UTC)

2018 lower Puna eruption suggested to merge with 2018 Hawaii earthquake[edit]

There's an ongoing discussion about Merge from earthquake. According to WP:PM I'd like to notify this Wikiproject to get a wider range of opinions. --ThT (talk) 09:38, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject collaboration notice from the Portals WikiProject[edit]

The reason I am contacting you is because there are one or more portals that fall under this subject, and the Portals WikiProject is currently undertaking a major drive to automate portals that may affect them.

Portals are being redesigned.

The new design features are being applied to existing portals.

At present, we are gearing up for a maintenance pass of portals in which the introduction section will be upgraded to no longer need a subpage. In place of static copied and pasted excerpts will be self-updating excerpts displayed through selective transclusion, using the template {{Transclude lead excerpt}}.

The discussion about this can be found here.

Maintainers of specific portals are encouraged to sign up as project members here, noting the portals they maintain, so that those portals are skipped by the maintenance pass. Currently, we are interested in upgrading neglected and abandoned portals. There will be opportunity for maintained portals to opt-in later, or the portal maintainers can handle upgrading (the portals they maintain) personally at any time.


On April 8th, 2018, an RfC ("Request for comment") proposal was made to eliminate all portals and the portal namespace. On April 17th, the Portals WikiProject was rebooted to handle the revitalization of the portal system. On May 12th, the RfC was closed with the result to keep portals, by a margin of about 2 to 1 in favor of keeping portals.

There's an article in the current edition of the Signpost interviewing project members about the RfC and the Portals WikiProject.

Since the reboot, the Portals WikiProject has been busy building tools and components to upgrade portals.

So far, 84 editors have joined.

If you would like to keep abreast of what is happening with portals, see the newsletter archive.

If you have any questions about what is happening with portals or the Portals WikiProject, please post them on the WikiProject's talk page.

Thank you.    — The Transhumanist   10:55, 31 May 2018 (UTC)

BOAC Flight 712[edit]

A discussion is ongoing at Talk:BOAC Flight 712#Katz which members of this Wikiproject are invited to contribute to. Mjroots (talk) 15:15, 4 June 2018 (UTC)