From the Hazards Center at the University of CO/Boulder, this update on an ongoing project in Colorado: Colorado Project Is a Roadmap for State-Specific Hazard Planning
From The Guardian: How climate change is pushing Central American migrants to the US. The northern triangle of Central America, the largest source of asylum seekers crossing the US border, is deeply affected by environmental degradation
From Emergency Management magazine, this update on changes to the National Flood Insurance Program
From the Atlantic magazine: Midwestern Flooding Isn’t a Natural Disaster. “Floods and hurricanes happen. The hazard itself is not the disaster—it’s our habits, our building codes.”
A personal preparedness document from FEMA: Emergency Financial First Aid Kit: Strengthen Your Financial Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies (40 pp.)
From BloombergNews: Wall Street Embraces Weather Risk in New Era of Storms. Climate change revs up number, intensity of weather disasters. New high priests of finance: Forecasters who keep cash flowing
From IBM and AccuWeather Inc. to outfits like Riskpulse, Jupiter and DTN, companies that track weather have created an intensely competitive new industry in just the last five years. Their client lists have grown to include insurers, banks and commodity traders, engineers and architects, shippers, retailers and the travel industry. And little is done without their input.
As global warming makes extreme weather more common, meteorologists have become the high priests of finance, mitigating uncertainty and boosting risk-related profits. “There’s kind of a wave building,” said Tory Grieves, membership manager at The Collider, a North Carolina nonprofit that helps climate entrepreneurs train and network.
This is a five-page fact sheet: FEMA Building Science Resources to Help Reduce Risk and Improve Resilience. There are other documents in this series. Thanks to Chris Jones for this URL to the full list, which I could not readily locate.
Another source of related documents: Building Science and Risk MAP Fact Sheets. Thanks to FEMA’s Building Science Branch for this citation.
New, free ebook from the NAS: Framing the Challenge of Urban Flooding in the United States. You can download the summary or the whole book ( 90 pp) from this website.
From Scientific American, this article based on the new book: When Storms Hit Cities, Poor Areas Suffer Most. Low-income neighborhoods see more damage and have less political clout to advocate for fixes
The Senate on Monday blocked billions of dollars in disaster aid for states across the country as Republicans and Democrats clashed over President Trump’s opposition to sending more food and infrastructure help to Puerto Rico.
Opposition came from both parties for different reasons. Most Republicans refused to endorse a recovery bill passed this year by the House. They cited Mr. Trump’s opposition to the bill’s Puerto Rico funding, as well as their own concerns that the bill lacked money for Midwestern states, like Iowa and Nebraska, that have since been devastated by flooding and tornadoes.