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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

Review of New Book on the Pandemic

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From the Wash Post, this book review: How decades of greed and bad choices left us vulnerable to a pandemic , Review of a new book titled: “The Making of a Pandemic: Social, Political, and Psychological Perspectives on Covid-19, “… the book turns out to be an examination, indeed an indictment, of the last few decades of American politics, business and society.

Climate Refugees

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From The Hill: FEMA must adapt to new reality of US climate refugees. by Lt. Russel Honoré (Ret.), opinion contributor – 04/07/22

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Another Version of Major WashPost Review of FEMA

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Special report from WashPost: FEMA’s disasters. The Post spent a year chronicling how the Federal Emergency Management Agency is struggling in its increasingly urgent mission to help America’s disaster survivors in the age of climate change and stark inequality

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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FEMA Announces New Cost Share Adjustment

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FEMA Announces 90/10 cost Share Adjustment. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced on March 18 that additional disaster funding is available to all states, tribal nations and territories with Presidential major disaster and emergency declarations occurring in 2020 and 2021. On March 15, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed “H.R.

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Two Reports on Building a More Resilient Health Care System

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From HSToday: Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Building a More Resilient U.S. Healthcare System. The COVID-19 crisis taught us that we rely too heavily on foreign countries for medical supplies and pharmaceutical components. From HSDL: Ready or Not: Public Health and Emergency Preparedness.

Stop Blaming Climate for Disasters

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From Nature.com: Stop Blaming Climate for disasters. “Natural hazards such as floods, droughts and heatwaves become disasters as a result of societal vulnerability, that is, a propensity of people, societies and ecosystems to be harmed. Often, people’s social, political and economic status determines the nature of differential and disproportionate impacts1.

New NAS Book on Infrastructure Investments

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New Book available from the National Academy of Sciences: Equitable and Resilient Infrastructure Investments. As usual with the NAS, you can download a pdf version free

GAO Severely Critical of HHS

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Government watchdog says HHS is at ‘high risk’ of botching a future crisis. GAO criticizes the response to emergencies over four administrations, including coronavirus, Ebola and Zika, as well as extreme weather events

Lessons Learned from Past Disasters

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From the WashPost Magazine: The Hard Lessons We Learned — and Didn’t — From Two Years in Pandemic School. This may not even be the Big One. We must prepare for doomsday, act faster and respect evolution

GAO Report on FEMA Workforce

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The recent GAO report: FEMA Workforce: Long-Standing and New Challenges Could Affect Mission Success. From Gov Executive: FEMA Experiences ‘Mass Exit’ of Employees Amid Surge in Disasters. The agency is still dealing with 1,000 disasters as its workload continues to climb

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The Trust Factor

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From the WashPost: Researchers are asking why some countries were better prepared for covid. One surprising answer: Trust

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Dealing With Future Pandemics

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From Issues in Science and Technology magazine:“ Major Reforms Have Been Driven by Crisis,” b y Jeremy Farrar, Molly Galvin. Farrar, the director of the Wellcome charitable foundation in the United Kingdom, discusses the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and what society must do to prepare for future global crises

Federal Disaster Recovery Resources

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From the Homeland Security Digital Library: Listing of Federal Disaster Recovery Resources

The Public Health System is Still Fractured

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From the WashPost: Much has changed since the start of the pandemic. But the nation’s public health system remains fractured. Another discouraging article from the NY Times: The C.D.C. Is Hoping You’ll Figure Covid Out on Your Own

CRS Report on Vaccination Authorities

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From the CRS, this 37 page report: State and Federal Authority to Mandate. COVID-19 Vaccination

New NAS Report on Infrastructure

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New Report From the National Academy of Sciences: Equitable and Resilient Infrastructure Investments. The report is 60 pages long. Note that downloads are free from the NAS

New Federal Funds to Tackle Climate Disasters

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From HSToday: Biden Announces FEMA Funding to Tackle Climate Disasters

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Recovery Issues in Colorado Disaster

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From the WashPost: The Marshall Fire leveled an entire Colorado neighborhood. Residents wonder whether to rebuild. NOTE: The Diva noticed that most of the article is devoted to rebuilding issues, but does not give significant coverage to the relative lack of emergency alerting and questions about the emergency response

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Fast Growing Cities at High Risk from Climate Change

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From The Guardian: Alarm as fastest growing US cities risk becoming unlivable from climate crisis. Some of the cities enjoying population boom are among those gripped by a ferocious heatwave and seeing record temperatures. “The ferocious heatwave that is gripping much of the US south and west has highlighted an uncomfortable, ominous trend – people are continuing to flock to the cities that risk becoming unlivable due to the climate crisis.

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Info Source on Disaster Economics

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Source of info on Disaster Economics

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FEMA’s Public Assistant Alternative Procedures Assessed by OIG

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From HSToday: OIG Assesses FEMA’s Public Assistance Alternative Procedures. The Office of Inspector General OIG assessed whether Public Assistance Alternative Procedures (PAAP) for permanent work projects sped disaster recovery, increased the accuracy of cost estimates to restore facilities, improved the effectiveness of financial incentives and disincentives, the cost effectiveness of PAAP, and whether the PAAP independent expert panel was effective

Hurricane Study

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Report from the NYTimes on new MIT study: Study finds Atlantic hurricanes becoming more frequent, destructive. Hurricanes are the most costly disasters for the United States, and a study suggests they’re increasing in number and ferocity

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Book Review: Why Vulnerability Still Matters – The Politics of Disaster Risk Creation.

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Why Vulnerability Still Matters -The Politics of Disaster Risk Creation , Edited by Greg Bankoff and Dorothea Hilhorst. Routledge, 2022. Softcover, 240 pp. List price: $35.96, ISBN 9781032113432. Reviewer : Jono Anzalone, EdD, Nonprofit Leader and Disaster Expert. Why Vulnerability Still Matters -The Politics of Disaster Risk Creation provides the reader with a comprehensive overview of vulnerability, disaster risk, and political systems.

Book Review: Disaster and Emergency Management Methods

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Disaster and Emergency Management Methods; Social Science Approaches in Application by Jason Rivera. Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York and London. ISBN-hardcover: 978 0 367 42398 8 ISBN-electronic: 978 0 367 82394 8; Pages: 381; on-line price $52.95 for paperback., 172.55 for hardback, $42.36 for etext USD. Key words: environmental governance, sustainability, resilience, climate risk, natural hazard, disaster risk reduction, building regulation.

New GAO Report on Flood Risk

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How Can FEMA and Flood Insurance Keep Up with Rising Flood Risks

New CRS Report

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Climate Change, Slow-Onset Disasters, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency