As I watch the news accounts of the LA floods — with about 60,000 homes damaged to some extent and most owners with no flood insurance — I cannot help but think that our current federal response system and the National Flood Insurance Program are not adequate for the larger and more complex disasters the U.S. is experiencing. Whether or not these events are caused by climate change, the point is we need to think bigger and better about disasters. Also, I predict that FEMA is going to take a lot of abuse that it does not deserve, because of the limitations of its enabling legislation.
From the Wash. Post on August 19th: As People Flee Disasters Is This What Climate Change Looks Like? One quote from the article:
This is merely a foretaste of what will happen in the decades to come on a much more massive scale,” said Michael Gerrard, who directs the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. “Few places have undertaken serious planning that ultimately there’s going to have to be, and I’m talking about decades, large-scale movement inland in many coastal areas.”