The Diva Interview

Regine Webster, who writes the blog for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, recently interviewed the Diva about her approach to blogging at I think she did a great job capturing my comments; see for yourself at the direct URL provided above.


Positive Outcome of H. Sandy Damage

Once in a while there is a positive story about recovery after a major natural disaster. See this one re Jersey Shore Rebuilding After H. Sandy.

An important factor here is the economic conditions prior to the disaster, however.

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What Are Americans Afraid of in 2017?

From the HSDL, this article about a survey regarding threats/hazards; it is titled What Are You Afraid of?


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2017 = Expensive Year for Weather Disasters

2017 Likely Ranks in Top 3 For Most Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters in the U.S. During a Single Year

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What Not to Do

Houston officials let developers build homes inside reservoirs. But no one warned buyers.

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Trump Threatens to Abandon PR Recovery Efforts

From the WashPost this morning: Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery efforts. President Trump served notice that he may pull back federal workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

This is a truly alarming development; and I wonder if it is even legal to do so?

Update: comment from the Mayor of San Juan in response to the President’s tweet:  wa ‘You are incapable of empathy and frankly cannot get the job done.’



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Flood Maps = outdated and unreliable

From Bloomberg News: Outdated and Unreliable: FEMA’s Faulty Flood Maps Put Homeowners at Risk

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