Category Archives: Research Studies and Documents

Looking for Some Major Independent Studies of H. Sandy Recovery

The Diva would love to see a respected, independent organization — such as the GAO, CRS, Congressional committee or a major think tank — do a comprehensive study of the recovery process after Hurricane Sandy. Since billions of taxpayer money … Continue reading

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Another H. Sandy Is Possible Say Geologists

One more set of concerns, this time from geologists. Geologists: Sandy could happen again. Some excerpts: Sandy’s storm surge hit the coast at high tide, but storm and tidal conditions were not the only cause of the devastation. Seawaters off … Continue reading

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Reviewing Some Basic Documents During Gov’t Shutdown

It is worth reading Arnold Bogis, one of the bloggers on Homeland Security Watch, who wrote a posting today titled Eleven Books to Read During the Shutdown.

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Learn from Experience? — not necessarily for some in Congress

A new report from the Center for American Progress is titled  States With most federal disaster aid sent climate science deniers to congress. Since this report is only 8 pages long, I suggest you read it all. One excerpt: Interestingly, … Continue reading

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World’s Most Vulnerable Cities – from Swiss Re

From a article in USAToday, using data from the insurance co. Swiss Re; fortunately, only one of these is in the U.S. No others are in North America. World’s most vulnerable cities, with population: Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan (57.1 million) Manila, Philippines … Continue reading

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A Note on Selection of Reports

The Diva wants you to know that she does not write a posting about a new report unless she thinks it contains significant new information, is reasonably well written, and makes a contribution to knowledge. In the past week or … Continue reading

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New Category – “Research Repositories”

I just added a new page to this blog and am calling it “Research Repositories.” So far it has a central site for research re two major disasters, H. Katrina, and Superstorm Sandy.  Hopefully, this page will be helpful to … Continue reading

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Superstorm Sandy Research Lab

As noted in the bulletin of the Hazards Center at the Univ. of CO/Boulder: “The Superstorm Research Lab is a collective of scholars working to cross boundaries between traditional academic publishing and information sharing for the common good—all within the … Continue reading

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Older But Still Good Papers –on the Phases of Disaster and the Recovery process.

I have just updated the links to two older but  excellent papers, one on The “Phases” of  Emergency Management (46 pp.) and one on The Recovery Phase of Emergency Management (35 pp.) . The originated at the University of Memphis, … Continue reading

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New GAO Report Criticizes R and D Efforts at DHS

A new, 11 page report from GAO titled  DHS:Oversight and Coordination of Research and Development Efforts Could Be Strengthened. Following up on their 2012 recommendations, GAO is still pressing DHS  to develop a more strategic effort to reconcile R & … Continue reading

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