Court Settlement for AZ Wildfire Two Years Ago

This settlement is important not only for those affected, but also for the changes likely to come in fighting wildfires in the U. S. See: Arizona Reached Settlement With Kin of 19 who Died Fighting Wildfire

Relatives of some of the 19 firefighters killed in one of the nation’s deadliest wildfires joined state officials here Monday to announce settlements in two legal cases against the Arizona State Forestry Division, the agency responsible for the firefighters on the day they died.

The agreements, disclosed on the eve of the fire’s second anniversary, include more than $600,000 in compensation for the families and an acknowledgment that commanders’ misguided decisions put the elite firefighting crew, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, at great risk.

The Forestry Division has also agreed, as part of the settlement to a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by 12 families, to improve training for its incident commanders and firefighters, test better tracking equipment and join a national effort to provide specific lessons about the effects of dry, warmer seasons on the wild lands.

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Chemical Safety Board is a Disaster

Another bad news story about the federal government. Article in today’s Wash Post talks about the disfunctional Chemical Safety Board.

This organization has occasionally been mentioned as a possible model for reviewing disasters, but not lately!


Graphic on Components of Global Warming

From Bloomberg Business news: What’s Really Warming the Earth.
A clever graphic that examines the components of global warming. The data source is NASA.

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“A Tale of Two Recoveries: Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy”

From Emergency Management Magazine: A Tale of Two Recoveries: Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy; How the social contexts in Mississippi and New Jersey affected recovery.

The authors provide some useful observations and analysis about the recovery process. Be sure to read the whole article.

See also this commentary by blogger Eric Holdeman on the concept of a “recovery concierge.”

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The environment and humanitarian intervention – 2 reports

A new document on climate, the environment and humanitarian interventions: Topic Guide: Mainstreaming Environment and Climate Change into Humanitarian Action ( from DFID.

  The guide is intended for DFID advisors, but provides a useful compendium of information on humanitarian actions, environment and the climate.

  Readers may also be interested in an earlier document in the same series: Mainstreaming Environment into Humanitarian Interventions – A Synopsis of Key Organisations, Literature and Experience, Evidence on Demand,

Thanks to Chas. Kelly for the citations.

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Disaster Distress Hotline

I mentioned this service of the federal SAMHSA a while back, but it is worth repeating. See: SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Update: Be sure to read the comment from a reader about the value of this service.


Linking Global Warming to Extreme Weather Events

From the Guardian: New study links global warming to Hurricane Sandy and other extreme weather events. The paper finds that global warming is putting extreme weather on steroids

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