New GAO Report on Sandy Recovery

Hurricane Sandy: An Investment Strategy Could Help the Federal Government Enhance National Resilience for Future Disasters
GAO-15-515: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Both an abstract and the full report (93 pp) are available at this site.

This is a very important report for those concerned with mitigation and recovery processes.  The GAO spent more than 1 1/2 years on this performance audit.

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NOLA: 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

10 years after the storm: has New Orleans learned the lessons of Hurricane Katrina?

A decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, a reporter goes in search of the people who were at the heart of its recovery, to understand what the city has gone through – and where it might be heading.

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Federal Disaster Response and Recovery Programs- a summary

New report from CRS titled Federal Disaster Assistance Response and Recovery Programs: Brief Summaries. An 18 page overview of the key federal programs available.

Update: some folks from the Natural Hazards Mitigation Association and the American Planning Association have noted some deficiencies in this report.

From Jim Schwab at the APA:  “*** I would like to note, for those who have not used it previously, that as part of our Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation project for FEMA, APA constructed its own online compilation of disaster assistance programs at: https://www.planning.org/research/postdisaster/programs.htm

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OARS #22

Thanks to Don Watson for providing the Diva with a copy of his latest list of Organizations Addressing Resilience and Sustainability: OARS 22.

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“Reflections on 40 Years in the EM Community”

At the 40th Anniversary Hazards Conference sponsored by the Univ. of CO/Boulder, the Diva gave a keynote address titled “Reflections on 40 Years in the Hazards and Disaster Community.”  Details about the conference agenda are here. I expect there will be some summaries and perhaps some details about presentations delivered in the coming weeks.

The Diva is working on revising the text of her talk for an article or professional paper.  In the meantime, here are the SLIDES for Keynote  and References for Rubin Keynote Talk mentioned in the talk. Some are old and hard to find, so I have stored them here:

Update on July 29: Jim Schwab, of the American Planning Association, has posted his slide set from his talk at the conference on line. See:  The Past and Future of Disaster Research and Practice.

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Reaching Out to Houses of Worship

See this posting: http://disastersandfaith.com/2015/07/24/reaching-out-to-houses-of-worship/

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Conference Outcome: CO Hazards Center

The Diva just returned from attending this conference, where she gave a keynote address.  Details about the conference agenda are here. I expect there will be some summaries and perhaps some details about presentations delivered in the coming weeks.

The Diva has the text of her talk, as well as a slide set from her presentation, but they need to be revised and posted somewhere. And a video cast may be available of the talk.  Details will come at a later date.

 

 

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