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Resilience Measures — conference with online access

UPDATE: The Diva attended this event. While there she meet a couple of blog followers.

I believe any slides or videos from the session will be posted to this website:


Workshop: Measures of Community Resilience: From Lessons Learned to Lessons Applied

Friday, September 5, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
National Academy of Sciences Building – Auditorium
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. – Washington, DC 20418

  • View the Agenda
  • Access onlineThe Resilient America Roundtable will host a workshop that focuses on the kinds of indicators that exist for measuring resilience, and which indicators communities might use and why.

The workshop will use as a foundation for discussion the four broad types of resilience indicators identified in the NRC (2012) report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative:

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BP Found Negligent for 2010 Oil Spill

From the NY Times: BP Negligent in 2010 Oil Spill, U.S. Judge Rules

From the HuffPost: BP’s Recklessness Caused Gulf Oil Spill, U.S. Judge Rules

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“Achieving Resilience in Coastal Communities”

New report from the National Wildlife Federation, released on the anniversary of H. Katrina. See: Achieving Resilience in Coastal Communities: Resources and Recommendations. 268 pages.

As noted by my friends at the National Hazards Mitigation Association, some of the contents of this report are a bit out of date.  Some of the material was prepared in 2011-2012 and thus does not reflect more recent changes in laws (such as the Post Katrina Act), executive orders,  policies, court decisions etc.

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Libraries as Safe Havens

From the American Library Association, a new book titled Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery; A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. It is not inexpensive, but it might be a worthwhile investment for some.

The authors have been very involved in encouraging libraries to be prepared for disasters, and have much to share from both their personal experiences and professional advocacy.

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New Webpage for Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies

Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies — this new  NIH-based webpage is collaboration between several federal and national agencies and the National Library of Medicine. It is a compendium of resources related to medical and public health issues of children in disasters and emergencies. Links are provided to both journal articles and to other documents and materials that may be useful in preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery activities.

Resources are national or international in scope. The intent of this compendium is to consolidate the multitude of resources available across a variety of organizations, Web sites, databases and training sites, making the search for relevant materials simpler and more direct.


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21 States Do Not Meet Emergency Preparedness Standards for Kids

This past weekend, the Washington Post was full of sad stories of children who dies in unregulated day care facilities here in VA.

Today USAToday reports this article: Report: 21 states don’t meet emergency prep standards for kids. The lead in states:

Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia do not meet emergency planning standards for schools and child care providers, according to a new report from Save the Children. However, for the first time this year, more than half of states — 29 — reach the non-governmental disaster relief organization’s standards in its laws and regulations.

In an accompanying poll, Save the Children found that 69% of parents mistakenly believe their protections are in place.

Here is the direct URL to the Save the Children report. Note the site requires a sign in to get at the 12 page report.

Update: One reader found an error in the report – see comment. If you find anything that is questionable or wrong, please contact the sponsoring agency so that they can correct the data in their next report.

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