Great Article on Recovery in New Journal

As I noted a couple of weeks ago, the new Journal of Extreme Events is free for the next several months. In the current issue is an article titled Exposure, Social Vulnerability and Recovery Disparities in N.J. After Hurricane Sandy, by Cutter et al.

This 23 page article focuses on housing recovery, but also provides an interesting and original analysis of approaches to recovery, including a discussion of dependent and independent variables. As the authors state:

This paper illustrates an integrated view of recovery derived from multiple theoretical perspectives focused on documenting the rate and variability of housing recovery and the factors contributing to it. It advances our understanding of recovery outcomes (in the short-term) and provided innovative methods for chronicling change in recovery patterns over time and geographically. “

As always, I welcome comments and reactions.


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Red Cross Reverses Stance on H. Sandy Spending

ProPublica has been on crusade regarding the Red Cross’s expenditures of donations after H. Sandy. Here is the latest from their site: Red Cross Reverses Stance on Sandy Spending “Trade Secrets;” The charity has released some new details on how it spent over $300 million raised after the storm.

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“The Secret of Urban Resilence”

Michael Berkowitz: Community is the secret of urban resilience . The author is CEO of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, an emerging movement in municipal planning and development: the quest to make urban communities far more resilient to social, economic and physical shocks.

Some quotes from the article:

With so many cities clamoring to participate, what will convince the 100 Resilient Cities to pick one over another? Answer: the camaraderie of its citizens, the fabric of its churches and religious organization, even the footprint of the transportation network and how it defines where neighborhoods end and begin.

“We see a key differentiator is community cohesion,” Berkowitz noted. “In other words, how much do neighbors check on neighbors? How tight-knit are communities that can come together during stresses or after shocks like earthquakes, big floods or hurricanes? Communities that are cohesive in that way always rebound better or are more resilient.”

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Organizations Dealing with Resilience and Sustainability – version 18

This is the latest update from Don Watson.  Don says he adds about 20 citations each month.

I commend him for his diligent efforts in producing this useful 36 page listing of key organizations dealing with resilience and sustainability.  You can download the latest version of the document here: OARS 18

Don welcomes suggestions and additions. Please send them directly to  him at this email address:

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Basic Reference: Emergency Management; the American Experience

Order now for the fall semester. Details about the table of contents, authors, and special features can be seen on the publisher’s website. [Note: the Diva is the editor of this book.]

To order at a discount price, go directly to DisasterBookstore or choose that store on Amazon. )

For those of you who want to know the origins and history of FEMA, this book tells all!

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The Ultimate Recovery Challenge: Gaza

Gaza is the ultimate challenge for recovery because none of the essential elements are in place. For starters, there is no political stability, questionable local governance, and no clearly identified source(s) of major funding needed.  And then there are the usual requirements for effective recovery……

Here are some recent articles that describe the needs and challenges:


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Comparison of U.S. and Canadian Alert/Warning Systems

The Diva spends a lot of time trying to understand the Canadian system of EM and how it differs from the U.S. system.

This news article is quite concerning, if accurate: From the Montreal Gazetter: Opinion: Disasters happen. Americans get warned. Canadians, not so much.

I would be interested in hearing from some Canadian readers.


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