Profile of HUD Recovery Coordinator for H. Sandy

In the Wash Post today, there is a profile of the woman who coordinated the HUD recovery efforts for H. Sandy.  I have to say, she surely has been low profile to date; I tracked the Sandy Task Force effort closely and never heard her name mentioned.

See:  HUD Official Coordinated Hurricane Sandy Recovery Aid. Some excerpts:

While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) oversaw the initial response to the storm, the White House created the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force several months later to provide government-wide coordination of the numerous federal agencies assisting the affected states and localities and dispensing the nearly $50 billion appropriated by Congress for disaster recovery.

Marion Mollegen McFadden, the chief operating officer and later acting executive director of the recovery task force, led the ambitious interagency effort, harnessing the power of the federal government during an intense 10-month period to provide unified support to the hard-hit communities as they were making decisions about their rebuilding efforts.

In my view, what remains is a full and current accounting of how the 69 recommendations of the Task Force are being implemented!

HUD does maintain this site for info re the recovery process, but it is not very current.

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“How Industrial Disasters Discriminate”

Interesting article from Al Jazeera America: How industrial disasters discriminate; The socioeconomic dimensions of chemical explosions

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New Issue of Australian Journal of EM

The July issue of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management is now available online. There are two articles on resilience in it.

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Reminder: news re migrant minors are on separate blog

Just a reminder that I am posting all news items about the immigration crisis and “migrant minors” on a separate blog:


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Climate Change Deniers Endanger Miami

From reader James Fossett:

Your readers may be interested in—or dismayed by– this story about Miami, which is possibly the most at-risk city in the country to the effects of sea level rise, yet continues to build and grow as if nothing were going on. Large areas already flood during seasonal high tides, and the city would be toast if hit by even a moderate sized hurricane. Local and state politicians oppose any effort to do anything because it would wreck the economy and won’t even talk in public about the city’s problem. It’s not a question of if, but when.

From the Guardian: Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers. * * *

What makes Miami exceptionally vulnerable to climate change is its unique geology. The city – and its satellite towns and resorts – is built on a dome of porous limestone which is soaking up the rising seawater, slowly filling up the city’s foundations and then bubbling up through drains and pipes. Sewage is being forced upwards and fresh water polluted. Miami’s low topography only adds to these problems. There is little land out here that rises more than six feet above sea level. Many condos and apartment blocks open straight on the edge of the sea. Of the total of 4.2 million US citizens who live at an elevation of four feet or less, 2.4 million of them live in south Florida.

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NIST Offers Webinar on Resilience

Community Resilience Center of Excellence Webinar

NIST will hold a webinar on the Community Resilience Center of Excellence on Aug. 5, 2014 from 1:00-2:30pm ET. The webinar will offer general guidance on preparing proposals and provide an opportunity to answer questions from the public about the program. Participation in the webinar is not required to apply. There is no cost for the webinar, but participants must register in advance.

Update: See comment from Rob Dale re the grants available from NIST. Details are here.

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42 States Have Some Seismic Risk

Earthquake map: 42 states stand ‘reasonable chance’ of temblors

US Geological Survey has updated its earthquake risk map, which shows a heightened the risk for one-third of the US and lower risk  for about one-tenth. The surprise is how pervasive relative risk is throughout the United States.

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