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Recovery From Hurricane Ian Going Poorly in FL

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From the Wash Post: For some, life after Ian is ‘more tragic than the hurricane itself.’ ’ This is a lengthy and deeply troubling account of the many problems ongoing in the area of FL impacted by Hurricane Ian

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Troubling Details re Disabled People Post Disaster

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Majority of disabled people never go home after disasters. Excerpts from the report: Advocates have been trying for years to draw attention to the harsh conditions that people with disabilities face after natural disasters. Now federal data shows that the suffering is worse than anyone could have imagined.

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GAO on Block Grants in Recovery

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From the GAO: Disaster Recovery: Better Information Is Needed on the Progress of Block Grant Funds

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FEMA Makes Changes to Individual Assistance Process

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From HSToday: FEMA Lays Foundation for Strategic Plan: Engages Stakeholders and Initiates Efforts to Instill Equity, Increase Resilience and Readiness Posture FEMA simplified its Individual Assistance application process, leading to over 100,000 survivors receiving assistance who would have previously been ineligible

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New GAO Report on Emergency Relief Funds

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New GAO Report on Emergency Relief Funds: Significant Improvements Are Needed to Address Fraud and Improper Payments. GAO-23-106556

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Rebuilding Disaster-Damaged Homes in the Future

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From Politico: Dream homes and disasters: Is the government ready to confront climate risk? “Billions of new taxpayer dollars are aimed at helping victims of extreme weather leave their vulnerable homes. But without a lot of teeth, the federal programs may just perpetuate the problem.” ” ‘

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Communications Tech Wish List

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From HSToday: America’s First Responders Give NIST Their Communications Tech Wish Lists Public safety communications technology should be trustworthy, be controllable and reduce user frustration

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Disasters Can Affect Academic Performance for Years

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From The Conversation: Disasters like Hurricane Ian can affect academic performance for years to come. An excerpt: “One of the most important lessons is that just as it will likely take years to rebuild the infrastructure and homes hit by Hurricane Ian, it could take a similar amount of time to help some children regain a sense of normalcy.

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The High Price of Ignoring Planning – two articles

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From the NY times on Oct.1: Facing a Dire Storm Forecast in Florida, Officials Delayed Evacuation. An excerpt: * * * But while officials along much of that coastline responded with orders to evacuate on Monday, emergency managers in Lee County held off, pondering during the day whether to tell people to flee, but then deciding to see how the forecast evolved overnight.

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International Recovery Forum 2023 – January 27

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Upcoming Conference: International Recovery Forum 2023: Building Back Better and Long-term Recovery Outcomes: Aspirations for a Resilient, Sustainable Future

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Post-Pandemic Recovery – Conference Report from Oct. 2022

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From the Johns Hopkins Univ. 2022), conference report titled Post-Pandemic Recovery : [link] This is a very thoughtful and well-written report. I highly recommend it

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Hurricane Ian and NAS Resources

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From the National Academy of Sciences, this article and list of related resources they have produced: Historic Damage in the Wake of Hurricane Ian

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Another Outcome from Rising Seas

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From Time: Rising Seas Are Going to Create a Huge Property Tax Headache for Coastal Communities. Thanks to Elaine Sudanowicz for the citation

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Beginning Recovery in CA After Storms and Biden Visit

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From the Guardian, ‘Inside we are all struggling’: storm-bruised California begins recovery

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Out-of-State Recovery Experts in CA

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From HStoday: Out of State Recovery Experts Arrive in CA to Assist With Winter Storm Impacts. This assistance is thanks to the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which is a nationally recognized mutual-aid system

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Another Effect of a Disaster

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From the Guardian.com: Children of the storm: can a climate disaster hurt the unborn in the womb? Study suggests children who were in the womb during Superstorm Sandy are more likely to have behavior disorders

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Extreme Summer Disasters

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From the WashPost: Extreme Summer. They are not slowing down’: The rise of billion-dollar disasters. One battered N.C. community illustrates how summer, fueled in part by climate change, is proving an especially perilous and costly season

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Rain Alone Won’t Solve CA Drought

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From the WashPost: Atmospheric Rivers Won/t End CA Drought. Research shows how climate change reduces snow packs and how extreme spring temperatures lead to drier summers

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Extreme Heat and Health

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New Report: Tools for Extreme Heat and Health of the Nation. The Biden administration, through the interagency National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS), just launched Heat.gov, a website that serves as a hub for extreme heat and the health of the nation by providing clear, science-based information to understand and reduce the health risks that can be caused by extreme heat.

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Rainstorms in CA

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From the Guardian: California’s rainstorm hell ‘among the most deadly disasters in our history’ More details on the impacts

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How the Government is Failing Victims of Disasters

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FEMA and AARP on Protecting Older Adults

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From HSToday: FEMA, AARP Release New Resources to Help Local Communities Protect Older Adults Before, During and After Natural Disaster s Older adults are disproportionately impacted by the types of weather-related emergencies and natural disasters that are becoming increasingly frequent and severe

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A Review of 2022 Disasters

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From HSToday: Record Drought Gripped Much of the U.S. in 2022, a Year of 18 Billion-Dollar Disasters. Hurricane Ian was the most costly event of 2022 at $112.9 billion, and ranks as the third most costly hurricane on record (since 1980) for the U.S., behind Hurricane Katrina (2005) and Hurricane Harvey (2017

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Banishing Burnout

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This is a guest posting by Ms Jolie Wills, a practitioner formerly from NZ and now living in the U.S. Readers are encouraged to reply to her directly. Those working in emergencies are feeling the burn. Disasters are increasing in frequency and severity and the layering of disasters is now sadly all too common. We can harm even the most resilient of people if we load them up with too much for too long.

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The Bill Anderson Fund

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This is an unusual but important posting. The Diva was a friend of the late Bill Anderson, who was an important pioneer in the emergency management research field. Please support this effort to carry on his work. For those looking to get outside for some summertime activity, the Bill Anderson Fund Disaster Dash is coming up!

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Source of New Book Info

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Thanks to Lori Peek, Director of the Hazards Center at the University of CO/Boulder, for providing this link to a source of information about new books in the field of emergency management. She noted the New Reads series for a quick download on new publications. And she noted that they always welcome new submissions: [link

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What To Do with Flood Waters in CA?

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From CNN: California’s dilemma: How do you harness an epic amount of rain in a water-scarce state? Let it flood, scientists say

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New Report: Streamlining Emergency Management

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A new report (44 pages) from RAND Corp for FEMA: Streamlining Emergency Management. “The U.S. emergency management system has met a number of increasingly difficult challenges in recent years, such as extended wildfire seasons, more intense storms, and of course an ongoing global pandemic.

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New Report from the CRS on Flood Insurance

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From the Congressional Research Service: Options for Making Flood Insurance More Affordable (39 pp

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The Diva Has Removed the Posts re the Congressional Crisis

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The Diva’s Emergency Management View of the Congressional Crisis

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The Diva does not usually offer opinions but the ongoing crisis related to securing new leaders for the two houses of Congress set her to thinking in EM terms. The current failure to produce leaders for both the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress is a rare occurrence and one that can be considered a crisis. Each day that it lasts important work at the national level is not happening.

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Floods in CA

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High Tech Tools for Hurricane Predication

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From Inside Climate News: Forecasters Tap High-Tech Tools as US Warns of Another Unusually Active Hurricane Season. Predictions of hurricane paths have improved markedly, but their intensity remains difficult to forecast. Air and water drones could change that

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Provide Input to FEMA

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FEMA Seeks Feedback on Draft of Emergency Management Guide for Senior Officials. FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinar sessions to provide an overview of the draft Local Elected and Appointed Officials Guide and to gather feedback from whole community partners

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Happy New Year

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The Diva wishes her readers a healthy and happy new year. This new year will be the 13th year of producing this site! I just contracted for a complete review of all URLS to provide up-to-date info for users of the site. If you appreciate the blog and the archive features, please make a donation, using the Donate Now button in the right hand column of the home page

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Editorial Opinion on Covid

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Editorial Opinion from the WashPost: One million died. It didn’t have to happen — and it must not again. Powerful piece from the editors of the WashPost

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Aftermath of Boulder County Fire

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From TheConversation: Homes that survived the Boulder County fire hid another disaster inside – we turned them into labs to study this urban wildfire health risk

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New CRS Report on FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance

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Just out, this 5 page report from the Congressional Research Service: Recent Funding Increases for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance

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Covid 19 – The Way Forward

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From the Congressional Research Service, this 3 page report: COVID-19: The Way Forward

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Health System Emergency Preparedness

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From BMChealthservices: How can we strengthen partnership and coordination for health system emergency preparedness and response? Findings from a synthesis of experience across countries facing shocks. This site provides access to full 19 page report. Thanks to Dr. Lois Cohen for the citation

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