Interesting article in the Wall St. Journal.
After a week of personal practice with resilience and recovery, the Diva is back in action. Almost back to normal. e.
From the Homeland Security Digital Library, this reference to a potentially useful site. See National Preparedness Toolkit.
The Diva has a serious eye infection and cannot read or write online just yet. Hope to be back to normal next week.
Yesterday, the Diva attended a session on resilience at the Koshland Science Museum at the National Academy of Sciences. The two lead discussants were Prof. Susan Cutter and Dr. Warren Edwards. For future public events, check the website of the museum. Staff said there will not be a podcast of this session.
Several regular readers of this blog were there and it was fun to meet them and chat about what they like and look for in the blog.
Upcoming Workshops at NIST
On April 7, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Md., will host the first of six workshops devoted to developing a comprehensive, community-based disaster resilience framework. The framework will focus on buildings and infrastructure systems, and inform development of private-sector standards and codes. The workshop will begin at 8 a.m. at the NIST campus and is open to all interested parties.
As called for in the President’s Climate Action Plan, NIST is leading a collaborative, nationwide effort to develop the framework. It will help communities to establish performance goals for buildings and infrastructure systems necessary to achieve community resilience and to identify existing codes and standards that can be implemented to achieve resilience. The framework will also identify gaps in codes, standards, and best practices that need to be addressed.
The six workshops will explore the role that buildings and infrastructure systems play in enabling communities to protect people and property and to recover more rapidly from natural and man-made hazards. They will engage the broad network of stakeholders to focus on the role that buildings and infrastructure lifelines play in ensuring community resilience. Stakeholders include, but are not limited to, planners, designers, engineers, and contractors; facility owners, managers and users; local, state and federal government officials, utility owners, operators and regulators; standards and model code development organizations; insurers and re-insurers; industry and professional associations; disaster response and recovery groups; and academic experts. For more information, please see http://www.nist.gov/el/building_materials/reslience/index.cfm.
To register go to: http://www.nist.gov/el/building_materials/reslience/disreswksp.cfm .
The workshop registration fee is $55. Space is limited and we encourage you to register early. Please do not miss this opportunity to attend and to contribute your valued input as we work with communities and other stakeholders to develop a Disaster Resilience Framework for the built environment.
For more information, please contact:
Stephen A. Cauffman
Lead, Disaster Resilience
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8611
I just got a note from British researcher John Twigg, who writes a blog on Disaster Risk Reduction. Readers might want to check out his blog, in which he comments on matters related to recovery.
Here are three new perspectives on the H. Sandy recovery process. The first if from a blog called Politics of the Environment; Discussing Environmental Public Policy and the article is Your Tax Dollars At Work or Not. I believe the author was a member of the H. Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Here is an excerpt:
I would like to be be discussing the progressive and forward thinking approach to rebuilding that New Jersey has taken in the aftermath of Sandy. But I can’t. I would like to describe the intelligent and measured plan to spend the billions of dollars in federal Sandy aid that has poured into the state. But I can’t. I would like to list the dozens of coordinated programs designed to re-shape the future of New Jersey as a place where vulnerability to future storms and the effects of climate change on a coastal state are being adequately addressed. But I can’t. I would like to say that in response to Sandy’s destruction New Jersey is fundamentally re-assessing how and where we occupy vulnerable areas of the coast. But I can’t. What I can say is that something has gone wrong, very wrong, with the state’s handling of Sandy recovery.
The second is a cool, neutral review of the process from the Congressional Research Service. See Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy; In Brief. One of the key points made in this report is the need to determine if the recovery task force mechanism is necessary and successful.
The third, available from NJ.com on Feb. 20th, is titled Sandy Aid Went to Projects Far from the Storm.