Some Details on the National Disaster Resilience Competition

Please see these two documents from the Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Portal.

In an earlier post I noted the National Disaster Resilience Competition Overview.  Newly available are the the Eligibility Guidelines.  [Neither document is dated.]

Many thanks to Elaine M. Sudanowicz for providing me with these  URLs.

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Coastal Disasters – new NAS report

Article in the HuffPost: Scientists Urge For Funds To Prevent Coastal Disasters, Not Just Recover From Them.

A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday.

Urging a “national vision” toward addressing coastal risks, the report comes on the heels of a Reuters analysis published earlier this month showing that coastal flooding along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has surged in recent years, with steep financial consequences.

The great majority of money — most of it federal dollars — spent on coastal risks goes toward recovery after a disaster rather than on planning for and mitigating against storms, climate change and sea-level rise, the report said.

The direct link to the NAS for a free download of the full, 130 page report that is titled Reducing Coastal Risk on the East and Gulf Coasts is here.

Here is another account, from the National Geographic.

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Drought is Different

From the National Geographic: Storms Get Headlines, but Drought Is a Sneaky, Devastating Game-Changer. As California and the American West dry up, a way of life is threatened.

A friend and I were recently discussing how difficult drought is.  He  asked how do you do mitigation for a drought. And I asked what does recovery from a drought entail? We welcome some input to this discussion.

Update: Be sure to read the thoughtful comments from readers too.



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DHS- “simplified!”

This is not exactly on topic, but I could not resist sharing it. First of all, thanks to Phil Palin of HLSwatch blog for pointing it out. And full credit to the Annenberg Foundation for the whole story.

Given the complex relationship of Congressional committees to DHS, it is a wonder the staff at the agency can get anything done other than testify to the many committees !! Congress has resisted streamlining its oversight ever since DHS was formed.

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Profile of HUD Recovery Coordinator for H. Sandy

In the Wash Post today, there is a profile of the woman who coordinated the HUD recovery efforts for H. Sandy.  I have to say, she surely has been low profile to date; I tracked the Sandy Task Force effort closely and never heard her name mentioned.

See:  HUD Official Coordinated Hurricane Sandy Recovery Aid. Some excerpts:

While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) oversaw the initial response to the storm, the White House created the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force several months later to provide government-wide coordination of the numerous federal agencies assisting the affected states and localities and dispensing the nearly $50 billion appropriated by Congress for disaster recovery.

Marion Mollegen McFadden, the chief operating officer and later acting executive director of the recovery task force, led the ambitious interagency effort, harnessing the power of the federal government during an intense 10-month period to provide unified support to the hard-hit communities as they were making decisions about their rebuilding efforts.

In my view, what remains is a full and current accounting of how the 69 recommendations of the Task Force are being implemented!

HUD does maintain this site for info re the recovery process, but it is not very current.

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“How Industrial Disasters Discriminate”

Interesting article from Al Jazeera America: How industrial disasters discriminate; The socioeconomic dimensions of chemical explosions

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New Issue of Australian Journal of EM

The July issue of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management is now available online. There are two articles on resilience in it.

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