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:


| Leave a comment

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.

Posted in climate change | 1 Comment

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.

Posted in Resilience | 2 Comments

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.

| Leave a comment

Some New Recovery Positions at FEMA

FEMA has several job opportunities open for a 2 year full time position (CORE-IM) supporting disaster field implementation of post-disaster community planning and capacity building.

These positions are located within the Community Recovery Assistance Group supporting the implementation of the Community Planning and Capacity Building Recovery Support Function (CPCB RSF) and are deployed to support disasters nationally. There are multiple positions encompassing three levels of responsibility for carrying out our CPCB RSF recovery support disaster field roles – from Crew Lead for Community Recovery Assistance, which is equivalent to a team lead, to a Group Supervisor for Community Recovery which would be a Manager/Supervisor for the Community Recovery Assistance Group on a large/moderate disaster. In between these levels of responsiblity is a Task Force Lead, which would be a mid level Manager/Supervisor for the Community Recovery Assistance Group. All of these positions require significant travel. They are ideal for those with an interest in working to coordinate assistance among partners to aid communities to plan, organize, lead and manage the complexity of recovery. Those with knowledge or experience with local government, disaster recovery, and/or management/project management/leadership would be good candidates. The positions offer health insurance, retirement, leave and other standard benefits of being a full time federal employee.

The positions have been extended to close on July 31st (the current postings indicate closure on the 22nd but that has been extended)

Community Recovery Assistance Group Supervisor
GS-11 SALARY RANGE: $50,790.00 to $66,027.00 / Per Year

Community Recovery Assistance Task Force Leader
GS-9 SALARY RANGE: $41,979.00 to $54,570.00 / Per Year

Community Recovery Assistance Crew Lead
GS-7 SALARY RANGE: $34,319.00 to $44,615.00 / Per Year

For more information on the Community Planning and Capacity Building Recovery Support Function (CPCB RSF) see



| Leave a comment

CA Drought – new data and more bad news

From the LA Times: 80% of CA now in extreme drought. Some details from the article:

The NWS’ Drought Monitor Update for July 15 shows 81% of California in the category of extreme drought or worse, up from 78%. Three months ago, it was 68%. *** drought conditions worsened in parts of Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. The new data comes as officials are getting tough on water wasters.

Here is the direct link for the National Weather Service’s Drought Monitor site. The map is very helpful in understanding the extent of the problem.

Posted in drought | Leave a comment

Wildfires as a Natural Disaster

From the Denver Post, an article titled Treating wildfires like other natural disasters.  The issue is described as follows:

Earlier this year, the president asked Congress to allow Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) disaster fund money to be used to fight the biggest fires. That request has not been approved, and last week the president again asked that wildfires be treated like other catastrophic events.

In his letter to Congress, the president asked for authority “to respond to severe, complex and threatening fires or a severe fire season in the same way we as we fund other natural disasters such as hurricanes or earthquakes.” The request would put this Western problem on par with other calamities. And it would enable the Forest Service to use more of its resources for forest-thinning and other fire-reduction activities. Congress should see the wisdom and parity in this approach.

Update:  Please see the comment from someone who really knows the legal underpinnings of this issue.  [Note: the Diva sent this exchange to the Denver Post.]

Posted in Wildfires | 1 Comment