CRS Report on Dept. of HS Appropriations for 2016

CRS report ( 23 pp) on Department of Homeland Security
Appropriations: FY2016

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How to Handle Community Development Donations

How to Handle Community Development Funds

Here is an article about the efforts in Christchurch, NX, rebuilding after two major sets of earthquakes.

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CA Drought and Climate Change

Climate Change Intensifies California Drought.
Direct link to original source: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015GL064924/full

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Graphic of Natural Disaster Declarations (1973-2013)

Disaster Visualization
Frequency and location of FEMA designated disasters (1973-2013)

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Next Steps for New Orleans

New Orleans launches resilience roadmap to tackle climate and social challenges.

As well as focusing on climate-related catastrophes, the 41-step resilience strategy addresses social issues such as poverty, racial inequality and crime.

In the week that marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans officials have launched a comprehensive “resilience strategy” aiming to secure the city’s future.

As well as seeking ways for the city to both prevent and survive more climate-related catastrophes, it treats social challenges such as poverty, racial inequality and crime as disasters that must be addressed if New Orleans is to become truly “resilient”. In the strategy’s parlance, it tackles both “shocks” and “stresses”.

Resilient New Orleans is a joint effort between the city and the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, which provides money and technical support for urban areas facing threats to their long-term prosperity.

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Additional Citations re 10th Anniversary of H. Katrina

The Wharton Risk Center’s reflections on the anniversary and progress in building resiliency are posted on the Risk Center’s website
Two recent publications are:

• Six Lessons From Katrina Loom Even Larger 10 Years Later (published online in Government Executive). Donald F. Kettl, Howard Kunreuther, and Ronald J. Daniels, editors of On Risk and Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, discuss six lessons from the book that loom even larger now 10 years after Katrina. http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/08/six-lessons-katrina-loom-even-larger-10-years-later/119166/

• Zurich North America and the Wharton Risk Center’s whitepaper Beyond Katrina: Lessons In Creating Resilient Communities, outlines new flood resilience strategies and identifies the need to devote more resources to preventive measures rather than post-event disaster relief, and overcoming current infrastructure vulnerabilities. http://opim.wharton.upenn.edu/risk/library/whitepaper_beyond_katrina_2015.pdf.

The release of Beyond Katrina coincides with a panel discussion on Aug. 27 in New Orleans. The five-member panel, moderated by acclaimed writer Michael Lewis, will discuss lessons from Katrina and how the storm dramatically changed the paradigm of how businesses, governments and communities manage pre-disaster planning and post-disaster recovery. The panelists are Zurich CEO Mike Foley; Wharton’s Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan; Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans; Gerard W. Barousse Jr., chairman of the Bayou District Foundation; and Dr. Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation.

Reducing the exposure to damage before disasters occur is one of the most important lessons to take from Hurricane Katrina. The Risk Center and its collaborators in the Zurich flood resilience alliance are working to design measurable solutions.

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Thanks to Chris Jones for providing me with this information.

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Recovery Lessons from H. Katrina

In remembrance of the 10th Anniversary of the devastation in NOLA from H. Katrina, here is a sampling of the many articles and programs on the topic:

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