Readiness for Pet Animals

Cute video from the White House (and its pets) re preparedness for animals.

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Why So Many Mass Shootings in the U.S.?

Why the U.S. has the most mass shootings.

Update:  From CNN a chart showing the number of deaths from terrorist events as compared with those from firearms in the U.S. Definitely makes you wonder about our national priorities!

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What Canadians Need to Worry About

Some familiar, some less familiar natural disasters could prove costly.

Note to folks in the U.S.:  you too may have these risks!

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Shipping Container Buildings

I have covered this topic before, but just this week in a conversation about how to quickly create shelter for large numbers of refugees the topic came up again. See this WashPost article: Is shipping-container building ‘the best thing since the brick?’

Here is a link to the earlier posting ( Nov. 2012) about the use of shipping containers for emergency shelters.

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GAO Report on Disaster Contracting

In keeping with the department-wide morale problems at DHS are the morale problems with FEMA’s contracting officers. The is one of the concerns of this new GAO report: Disaster Contracting: FEMA Needs to Cohesively Manage Its Workforce and Fully Address Post-Katrina Reforms.  59 pp. GAO-15-783: Published: Sep 29, 2015.

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DHS Still Worst in Federal Agency Ranking

This is a record nobody wants – DHS continues to be at the bottom for federal agency employment.  See: Homeland Security ranks as worst federal agency for employees

Another account of the report from Breitbart.

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Drought Disaster Conference

Upcoming “Disaster By Drought Summit,” sponsored by the United Nations University and Cal Poly. The event is happening October 4-9th, 2015 and it’s free. The website is:

It appears to be onsite at Cal Poly.

Thanks To Ryan Alaniz for the information.

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