- As reported in WashPost: NOAA warns of ‘unprecedented’ spring flood season that may become ‘more dire’ in coming weeks
- From Reuters, this report on how serious the economic damage to farmers in the midwest is: Farmers Face Devastation Following Midwest Floods.
- New CRS report on Federal Disaster Assistance for Agriculture (3 pp) should be helpful to folks in the midwest US.
- From The Atlantic: Are the Midwestern Floods a Natural Disaster? A distinction must be drawn between natural and human-induced catastrophes. Note that the author, a law professor, does discuss what steps are being taken to reduce flood damage and losses.
- From Accuweather: Central U.S. to Remain Underwater for Weeks.
The Diva remains amazed at the depth and length of U.S. press coverage for the NZ shooting. It is most unusual for a foreign disaster event to get this much attention, but the tragedy and the government response remain of keen interest to Americans.
Not Trusting FEMA’s Flood Maps, More Hurricane-Hit Cities Set Their Own Rules. A growing number of cities are looking beyond the usual 100-year floodplain and requiring more homes to be built higher for their own protection.
From Homeland Security Today: PERSPECTIVE: The Lingering Scars of the Government Shutdown on Contractors
There was a time when the government was seen as the most stable customers that any company could possess. While not always timely or efficient, government still operated with regularity and dependability. But that is no longer true. Reliable budget and appropriation cycles no longer occur as continuing resolutions and short-term funding bills increasingly provide incremental “pay as you go government.” That’s a dreadful enough environment to operate in as a government but it’s even more precarious if you’re a government contractor who is dedicated to supporting that customer.
DHS has long been a mixed bag in terms of being a dependable customer. While certainly funded with deep pockets for most of its operations, poorly defined requirements, procurement operations challenges, frequent leadership vacuums and less than stellar engagements with the private sector have made DHS a customer with which many companies are refraining from doing business. Add to those conditions the prospect of being obligated to perform government support functions, and then not get paid because the administration and Congress can’t fulfill their budgetary responsibilities, and you can understand why there is a bitter taste in their mouth.
The Diva would add that recent threats to holding back promised federal funds for recovery in Puerto Rico and the CA wildfires, to name just two major disasters, is another reason why the federal government is not a reliable partner.
FEMA now has a webpage devoted to explaining the new act.
- Protection Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places–Resource Guide (20 pp)
- Security Plan Overview (28 pp.)
- List of DHS Resources for Faith-Based Groups
- Link to resources on the DHS Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiatives
Note that the Diva also maintains another website that deals with disasters and faith-based groups – see www.disastersandfaith.com
Some early cherry blossoms mean spring is coming!
Puerto Rico Hurricanes: Status of FEMA Funding, Oversight, and Recovery Challenges. GAO-19-256: March14, 2019.
As the House Financial Services Committee meets this week to discuss reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), there is a lot at stake. The NFIP, on which 5 million Americans depend for protection from flooding, began with the best of intentions — reducing the burden on federal taxpayers stemming from flood relief while providing resources to help devastated communities rebuild.