The climate is changing, but our disaster-response system isn’t keeping up, experts say. Once again, the suggestion for the disaster version of the NTSB is made.
From Pew Trusts: Climate Change Could Make Borrowing Costlier for States and Cities.
Someday soon, analysts will determine that a city or county, or maybe a school district or utility, is so vulnerable to sea level rise, flooding, drought or wildfire that it is an investment risk.
To be sure, no community has yet seen its credit rating downgraded because of climate forecasting. And no one has heard of a government struggling to access capital because of its precarious geographical position.
But as ratings firms begin to focus on climate change, and investors increasingly talk about the issue, those involved in the market say now is the time for communities to make serious investments in climate resilience — or risk
More frequent and intense tropical storms have far-reaching ecological impacts on coastlines that last for months or years after storms pass. They affect estuaries, bays and marshes that are crucial nurseries for major ocean fisheries.
From GovTech: Strategic Crisis Management: Do Emergency Managers Have a Role?
Crisis management is a strategic function that is usually the province of senior leaders. But the skill set emergency managers offer can add value to an organization’s crisis response.
This week is the Jewish New Year, which is a good chance to remind readers that I have another site that deals with houses and worship and security. That site is www.DisastersandFaith.com
Ecosystem Investments Could Minimize Storm Damage
A new study provides information on how to invest in natural coastal ecosystems that the Bahamian government, community leaders and development banks are applying in post-disaster recovery and future storm preparation in the Bahamas.
The federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances on Friday released a plan that would cut the island’s debt by more than 60% and rescue it from bankruptcy. The highly-anticipated restructuring plan comes three years after Congress created the federal oversight board, which allowed the territory to seek bankruptcy protection after years of facing its inability to pay its debt.
Puerto Rico was dragged into billions of dollars in public debt after decades of mismanagement, corruption and excessive borrowing to balance budgets. The government declared the debt unpayable in June 2015, and nearly two years later filed for the biggest municipal bankruptcy in US history.
Navigating the logistics of recovery after Hurricane Dorian. While agencies and logistics firms are improving their ability to get supplies to ports of entry in disaster zones, the last mile is often where visibility breaks down.
Another take on supply chain matters.
From the source nondoc.com: FEMA still struggles with pre-disaster planning. The Diva is not familiar with this source, so am not sure about its veracity.
BRIC: Expanding the Concepts of Federal Pre-Disaster Mitigation, by Elizabeth Zimmerman.
BRIC was created as Section 1234 of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, which will replace the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. BRIC is built upon lessons learned from that program. BRIC is funded based on a formula of obligations from the DRF from the previous year for all active disasters, not just one disaster. The percentage for BRIC is 6 percent and is available nationwide. Another difference is when the funding is available, BRIC is pre-disaster versus HMGP is post-disaster.