More on Earthquake Insurance from Christchurch, NZ

The Australian organization called Risk Frontiers publishes an interesting newsletter quarterly. In the July issue of their newsletter, see page 3 for the article titled Reinsurance Lessons from the Christchurch Earthquake.

Don’t miss the joke in a text box at the bottom of the last page titled: “Always ask, never assume.”

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New Resources on Disaster Recovery Staffing

The Diva got a nice note from Jennifer Shafer. a staffer at LMI Research Institute, noting that she and her team are followers of this blog and calling my attention to two major new products they offer. A Disaster-Recovery-Brochure (2 pp) is available here. Here are more details that she supplied:

 We are pleased to announce two products, the Disaster Recovery Staffing Guide (24 pp)  and the Disaster Recovery Positions Library (104 pp) , are now publicly available for disaster recovery personnel. These products were developed as part LMI’s FY14 disaster recovery project, funded by the LMI Research Institute.

You can download the two products at LMI’s website. The Disaster Recovery Staffing Guide begins where the NDRF leaves off by outlining the process and practices to effectively staff community disaster recovery activities. It is paired with the Disaster Recovery Positions Library, which describes more than 50 positions that may be used to conduct the full range of local recovery activities. The guide and position descriptions are scalable (for the size of community and recovery effort) and designed for communities to use during proactive planning or post-disaster.

From a quick review of the materials, I think a lot of people engaged in recovery will be grateful for these guides. As always, comments from those of you who have worked disasters will be appreciated.


Recap of Emergency Preparedness and FEMA

From HSToday, this article about disaster preparedness and FEMA: Emergency Preparedness Plans Must Involve Preparation for All Disasters, Including Cyber.

I remember doing field work after H. Hugo, which was a big deal at the time.  It has since been eclipsed by hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, and Sandy.

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US/Canadian Joint Initiative for Disaster Response

US, Canada officials seek to improve joint emergency response through simulations.

The United States and Canada recently completed the initial phase of a cross-border, information-sharing experiment to improve responses to emergencies that might affect both nations.

The initiative called the Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment, or CAUSE, involves both the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate and the Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science.

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Religious Values and Climate Change

New report (54 pp) titled  Believers, Sympathizers, & Skeptics: Why Americans are conflicted about climate change, environmental. policy, and science. Findings from the PRRI.AAR Religious Values and Climate Change Survey.

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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

As noted recently in Emergency Management magazine’s blog, the federal government has created a new Climate Resilience Toolkit. The direct URL is here.


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New GAO Report on Flood Exposure

Climate Change: Better Management of Exposure to Potential Future Losses Is Needed for Federal Flood and Crop Insurance. GAO-15-28, October 29.

Highlights (abstract) –

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