Anger as an Outcome of Disasters

From the Wash Post: Americans are living in a big ‘anger incubator.’ Experts have tips for regulating our rage.

According to psychiatrist Joshua Morganstein, the country is now dealing with “three disasters superimposed on top of one another”: the pandemic, the economic fallout and civil unrest. “Certainly, one way of responding, and a common way of responding, is anger,” said Morganstein, who chairs the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on the Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster.

New Data on U.S. Floods Reveals More Risk

From the NYTimes: New Data Reveals Hidden Flood Risk Across America

Nearly twice as many properties may be susceptible to flood damage than previously thought, according to a new effort to map the danger.

Across much of the United States, the flood risk is far greater than government estimates show, new calculations suggest, exposing millions of people to a hidden threat — and one that will only grow as climate change worsens.

That new calculation, which takes into account sea-level rise, rainfall and flooding along smaller creeks not mapped federally, estimates that 14.6 million properties are at risk from what experts call a 100-year flood, far more than the 8.7 million properties shown on federal government flood maps. A 100-year flood is one with a 1 percent chance of striking in any given year.

Pandemic Response Does Not Bode Well for a Potential Cyberattack

From the WashPost: America’s pandemic response doesn’t bode well for a potential cyberattack. 

America’s botched response to the coronavirus pandemic is a warning that, unless our broken political and administrative systems are fixed, the country could experience a similar breakdown in future national crises, such as a massive cyberattack.

This stark message was contained in a little-noticed white paper recently released by the bipartisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission, titled “Cybersecurity Lessons From the Pandemic.” As the paper highlighted, the covid-19 outbreak has been a stress test for our national crisis-management system — and that system has, to a frightening extent, failed. The challenges of a cyberattack would be even greater.

GAO Report on Opportunities to Improve Federal Response and Recovery Efforts Re Covid-19

Covid-19: Opportunities to Improve Federal Response and Recovery Efforts
GAO-20-625: Published: Jun 25, 2020. The Abstract, Highlights and Full report all available on the website.[ Not sure how many pages the full report is.]

The GAO also mentioned this report on its WatchBlog and asked for comments.

Update on June 26: GAO Staffer testimony about the report.

The Diva thought that the GAO was unusually direct and blunt in its criticisms in this report.

Keeping Essential Staff Safe and Healthy

From GovTech: Orange County Emergency Chief Balances COVID-19 and Hurricane Threats.Wearing masks isn’t just a message Avery and Orange County are sending the public, but also Orange’s employees as protecting its emergency personnel is one of its top priorities. COVID-19 has already spread among crucial workers who would be working in the event of a storm.

Keeping personnel safe in the event of a disaster is as important as keeping the public safe. COVID-19 didn’t change that, but it provided another hurtle. The Federal Emergency Management Agency published guidelines ahead of hurricane season to assist county leaders with how they can maximize safety standards among its personnel and citizens.