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House Hearing on 2017 Hurricanes

From the House Homeland Security Committee: Preparedness, Response, and Rebuilding: Lessons from the 2017 Disasters

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More on the DHS OIG Reports

Last weekend, the Diva did a posting titled What the Heck is This About, which dealt with the decision of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to remove some reports about early disaster response … Continue reading

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FEMA’s New Strategic Plan

From HSToday, this announcement: FEMA Strategic Plan Centers on Community Resiliency, Catastrophe Prep, Less Red Tape.   From the forward: The most important lesson from the challenging disasters of 2017 is that success is best delivered through a system that … Continue reading

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Global Warming – US quietly acting on it

See this article in Reuters: Weathering Trump’s skepticism, U.S. officials still fighting global warming

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Case Studies in Floodplain Buyout

From Prevention Web, some case studies done by Rice University: Case studies in floodplain buyouts: Looking to best practices to drive the conversation in the Houston region

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PreFab Homes as Replacement Housing

Prefab Finds a Home in Fire-Ravaged Neighborhoods of California. For decades, utopian designers and populist dreamers have glorified prefabricated housing. The idea to mass-produce a home like an automobile, with much of the process standardized in a factory, promised greater … Continue reading

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Should the Hurricane Scale Be Revised?

In the U.S. we rely on the Saffir-Simpson Scale to measure hurricanes; that scale gives a 5 rating to the strongest storms. Now there is consideration of a possible addition to the scale. See: Stronger storms mean new ‘category six’ … Continue reading

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