We know that some parts of the country are more vulnerable to disasters than others, and some communities suffer repetitive losses over the years. The article provides an amazing amount of detail, via data and maps, showing where those events and losses have occurred in the U.S.
From the NY Times: The Places in the U.S. Where Disaster Strikes Again and Again.
In the last 16 years, parts of Louisiana have been struck by six hurricanes. Areas near San Diego were devastated by three particularly vicious wildfire seasons. And a town in eastern Kentucky has been pummeled by at least nine storms severe enough to warrant federal assistance.
From the WashPost; Fresh from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding, Houston starts to build anew — in the flood plain
There has to be a better way to rebuild. Any suggestions from readers?
From RollCall: Opinion: As Hurricane Season Approaches, It’s Time to Fix Disaster Funding. “Our federal government should stop treating natural disasters as surprises.”
Among the recommendations are to fix the Stafford Act and the National Flood Ins. Program. We have heard those many times; hope it happens one of these days!
NIST Launches Study of Hurricane Maria’s Impact on Puerto Rico.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced it will study the impacts of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, focusing specifically on the performance of critical buildings and their dependence on distributed infrastructure (such as electricity and water), as well as emergency communications and the public’s response to those communications.
The Diva highly recommends a recent article titled A Comparative Analysis of the Roles Governors Play in Disaster Recovery.
This 40 page article provides a useful summary of recovery research, mentions H. Katrina and the resulting PKEMRA, as well as the role of the states in recovery.
See also other useful materials are available for the UNC Coastal Resilience Center.
Citizens and politicians in Alaska are well aware of the effects on their state. From the NY Times, see Impossible to Ignore’: Why Alaska Is Crafting a Plan to Fight Climate Change.