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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“The West Is So Dry Even a Rainforest Is On Fire”

From the WashPost, see: The West is so dry even a rainforest is on fire. An excerpt:

That a wildfire has been able to burn so extensively and for so long in a rain forest is a testament to the severity of the drought that has wracked the American West from California to Alaska. Olympic National Park — which occupies much of the Olympic Peninsula just west of Seattle — just endured its driest spring in over 100 years and a winter snow pack that was a mere 14 percent of average, according to the Park Service. The glaciers that sit on the upper slopes of the park’s mountains and feed its many streams have been receding for decades — Bill Baccus, a park scientist, told the Seattle Times that the ice sheets have shrunk by 35 percent in the past 30 years.

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El Nino Is Coming Back

El Nino is coming back. Video on what you need to know.

It could help alleviate the CA drought, but there will be many other damaging effects.

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GAO Testifies SBA Still Unprepared to Handle Disaster Assistance

The Diva gets discouraged reading all of these article about what disaster preparedness measure are still not in place.

See this article from the Wash Post: Report: SBA still unprepared to handle natural disasters.  Apparently, the GAO issued a report of recent testimony, but I missed it.

Here is the direct link to the GAO Testimony: SBA: Additional Steps Needed to Help Ensure More Timely Disaster Assistance

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