Category Archives: Floods

Under the Threshold for a Presidential Declaration

Most of the time when we talk about disasters, they qualify for a presidential disaster declaration and involve FEMA. But smaller events are serious too and pose special problems when federal assistance is not forthcoming Thanks to James Fossett for … Continue reading

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Flood Insurance – a review

Recently my posts have featured a retrospective on several topics, earthquake science, the condition of our infrastructure, and the like.  Here is a short, interesting history of flood insurance and moral hazards.  From The Hill, this article titled Natural floods, … Continue reading

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New Flood Preparedness App – from the Red Cross

For those of you in areas prone to flooding, these new apps may be of interest. The American Red Cross released its Flood App for smart phones on March 17th, at the beginning of Flood Awareness Week. The Flood App … Continue reading

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Flood Information from Colorado

It is early in the day, but so far I have two items that may be of interest regarding the recent CO floods: #1 The Colorado state Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency has a new Recovery Focused Website website … Continue reading

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Boulder, CO – Lessons Were Learned!

Many years of study and preparedness efforts on the part of both researchers and practitioners were behind the relatively positive outcome from recent flooding in Boulder, CO. It is not often that we can point to teaching points made and … Continue reading

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Canadians Lack Access to Flood Insurance

After watching some of the videos and reading accounts of the most recent major flooding in Colorado, it seems to me that having flood insurance would be a good idea. But according to this article, the insurance is not available … Continue reading

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CO Floods- Sept. 18

The recovery issues are going to be very numerous and difficult in CO, since several mountain towns have been evacuated totally.  With lack of basic, functional infrastructure, and with winter weather fast approaching, recovery is going to be very slow … Continue reading

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Review of Alberta Province’s Role in Recovery of Calgary

As it often the case, the people affected by a major disaster who are not happy with the response and/or recovery efforts of the public sector want to see an independent review. A major review occurred in Christchurch N.Z  after … Continue reading

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Living in Harm’s Way – updates

Another addition to the collection of articles about why people make risky decisions. See: Putting the Disaster in Natural Disasters: Why Many Choose to Live in Harm’s Way It is human nature to sometimes resist and resent government regulations. Yet, … Continue reading

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Problems Resulting from Out-of-Date Flood Maps

Thanks to two readers of this blog for pointing me to this article in ProPublica: Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones Lately a number of articles about various aspects of the recovery from Superstorm Sandy … Continue reading

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