Category Archives: Information Sources

Local Officials Want Database of Sandy Recovery Expenditures

Victims want to know when they can expect money and taxpayers want to know where there money is going.  Both are sensible expectations, but not usually easy to answer post disaster. Local officials in NY are working on legislation to … Continue reading

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“Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management”

From the Homeland Security Digital Library, where they have the luxury of full-time staff!, see the abstract and source info for this new report from the Wilson Center:  Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management The full report is 139 … Continue reading

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Excellent New Article – in Environment Magazine

Since Michelin ranks restaurants with stars, the Diva has decided to award stars to documents re recovery. Here is the first one I would give 4 stars to: Making America More Resilience toward Natural Disasters: A Call For Action, by … Continue reading

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CRS Report on Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes

New report ( 26 pp.) by the Congressional Research Service on Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes in the U.S.: CRS on Storms May 2013. CRS Report # R40097.  The report addresses 3 issues: (1) forecasting and issuing warnings for several thunderstorms … Continue reading

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Leadership During Recovery- a Kiwi perspective

The Diva just learned about an interesting paper, written by Ms Elizabeth McNaughton of NZ, with the title Leadership, Wisdom and the Post-Disaster Recovery Process.  This link will take you to the full text of her report (40 pp.) and … Continue reading

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Classic FEMA Documents Available from FAS

Thanks to the efforts of the Federation of American Scientists ( and to Bill Cumming, a nice collection of about 60 classic documents related to FEMA is stored on the FAS website. The direct URL is here. A note about … Continue reading

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Update on Recovery Efforts by HUD, FEMA, and the Red Cross re H. Sandy

I was wondering what HUD is doing re Hurricane Sandy, given the fact that the Sec. of HUD has been given the lead role for recovery for the first time in history. The agency has a page of its website … Continue reading

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Congress – use, disuse, and misuse of information and knowledge

I often write about the problems of a lack of knowledge base re emergency management in the executive branch, and FEMA is usually the primary focus. I found this article fascinating because I do not know much about members of … Continue reading

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Mitigation and Recovery – ASFPM Advice

Some sage and practical advice is offered by the Association of State Floodplain Managers in their recent 9-page paper titled Hurricane Sandy Recovery, Using Mitigation to Rebuild Safer and More Sustainable Communities. (Released 12/13/12) The paper provides practical suggestions for … Continue reading

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Does Knowledge + Disaster = Needed Actions?

Right now, the the window of opportunity is open in NY and NJ to orchestrate the recovery from H. Sandy.  The body of knowledge is substantial about risks, vulnerabilities, potential flood control measures, and alternative development patterns. The disaster has … Continue reading

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