Effects of Disasters on Children

From the UK, this report on Children, Young People and Flood Recovery and Resilience.

The same group did a study after 2007 floods in Hull, UK http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/sites/cswm/Hull%20Children’s%20Flood%20Project/HCFP_home.php

Thanks to Chris Jones for the citation.

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Recent Changes to NFPA 1600

From the NFPA, notice that they have made changes to this important standards document.

We’ve made changes to the document information page for NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs. Take a look at: NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs

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Earthquake Warning System Needed in CA

California ripe for mega earthquake needs early warning system say lawmakers

California is ripe for a mega earthquake and it desperately needs an early warning system, say Members of the US Congress who are urging President Barack Obama to make funds available to make a prototype system that is currently being used at Caltech (California Institute of Technology).

According to Caltech, their system, which would give people those precious seconds to get somewhere safe, could easily be expanded to cover the West Coast if the funds were there.
Many politicians, scientists and members of the public cannot understand why the US Government cannot spend a few million dollars to create a warning system that could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars in potential damage because people were not prepared.

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Earthquakes and Federal Facilities

Earthquakes: Additional Actions Needed to Identify and Mitigate Risks to Federal Buildings and Implement an Early Warning System.
GAO-16-680, August 31

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Upcoming Webinar: Oct. 13th

Announcing a new webinar – “ADA National Network Learning Session: National Fire Protection Association’s Emergency Evacuation Planning for People with Disabilities”

October 13th, 2016

Webinars begin at 2.30pm ET/1.30pm CT/12.30 pm MT/11.30am PT/8.30am Hawaii.
Registration: Free on-line at http://www.adapresentations.org/registration.php

General advice about major disasters says each of us will very likely need to take care of ourselves for the first 24 to 72 hours. The former chair of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Disability Access and Review Committee said ” Every one of us should be prepared to take some responsibility for our own safety regardless of our circumstances.”

To that end, the NFPA has created the Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities which provides assistance to people with disabilities, their employers, building owners and managers, and others as they develop emergency evacuation plans that integrate the needs of people with disabilities. This guidance can be used in all buildings, whether old or new.

This webinar will review the 2nd edition of this Planning Guide and provide major topics and updated materials.


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New GAO Report on the Cost of Disaster Assistance

This the second important report to be issued on Sept. 22. See: Federal Disaster Assistance: Federal Departments and Agencies Obligated at Least $277.6 Billion during Fiscal Years 2005 through 2014

There is a one-page of Highlights, and the full report is 185 pages long.

NOTE: The Diva has not yet read through the full report. She welcomes comments from readers.

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Extreme Weather Events Have Had Huge Cost

Extreme Weather Disasters Have Cost U.S. Taxpayers Tens of Billions Since 2015.

NOTE: Be sure to download the full report if you want to see the useful data, of events by type and by state, provided.

 A new analysis done by the Center for American Progress shows that extreme weather events—which will become more frequent and severe with climate change—have cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. Between 2005 and 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, provided more than $67 billion to individuals and local governments in response to declared emergencies and major disasters. Communities in Louisiana, New York, Mississippi, New Jersey and Texas received the most FEMA aid during this time period.

“Climate change is causing more and more extreme weather events, putting at risk not only the lives and livelihoods of Americans but also significant taxpayer funds,” said Erin Auel, CAP Research Assistant and co-author of the paper. “As global temperatures continue to climb, these events are going to become more frequent, more powerful, more deadly, and more costly. Taking steps to address climate change and better prepare for the changes that are currently irreversible will save the United States significant amounts of money in the long term and reduce the devastation we have seen from natural disasters in recent years.”

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