From Politico: What we learned in Texas after Hurricane Harvey. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has two fixes Washington should make before the next superstorm.
From GovTech: Houston Works Toward Data-Driven Disaster Response. Together with Rice University and other local institutions, the Texas city is collaborating with residents and stakeholders to plan for future flood mitigation given the devastation seen during Hurricane Harvey.
CNA has prepared a major report (164 pp) on the topic of Supply Chain Resilience and the 2017 Hurricane Season. It is a collection of case studies about Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Marie and their impact on supply chain resilience. It was released in Sept. 2018 and more work on this topic is underway presently at the National Academy of Sciences.
Thanks to Delilah Barton, one of the authors, for the citation and link.
Our results show that the federal government responded on a larger scale and much more quickly across measures of federal money and staffing to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida, compared with Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The variation in the responses was not commensurate with storm severity and need after landfall in the case of Puerto Rico compared with Texas and Florida. Assuming that disaster responses should be at least commensurate to the degree of storm severity and need of the population, the insufficient response received by Puerto Rico raises concern for growth in health disparities and increases in adverse health outcomes
From the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA): Supply Chain Resilience and the 2017 Hurricane Season. Direct link to 140 page report.
Thanks to Delilah Barton for the link.
From Rice University and TX A&M: Rethinking Disaster Recovery and Mitigation Funding in the Wash of H. Harvey. This report is 24 pages long. Also cited in the article is the link to their earlier report, Funding Primer, which is 14 pages.
The Diva considers the main report essential reading. And the figure on page 6 is very important. Your comments are invited.
From the Wash. Post: The ‘Harvey Homeless’. An excerpt:
Recovery here has, in fact, been monumentally slow, a draining slog that is due in part to the magnitude of the historic storm’s 60 inches of rain — thought to be one of the largest rainfalls in U.S. history — and because nearly 80 percent of households affected by Harvey did not have flood insurance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Affordable-housing advocates call Harvey one of the largest housing disasters in American history, next to only Hurricane Katrina, which overwhelmed New Orleans in 2005.
From the NYTimes: This Is Not the Way to Stop Homes From Flooding. “The federal government is considering a plan that could cost taxpayers more money and encourage land speculation without addressing the problem.”
Criticism of FEMA plan for Houston, TX.
A Quick Response Report from the Hazards Center at Univ. of CO/Boulder. See Gathering Places During the Short Term Recovery Following H. Harvey.
The most recent research from the Quick Response Grant Program looked at three communities on the south coast of Texas a month after Hurricane Harvey struck. They found that while there were ample opportunities to gather together and for many reasons, these locations—at least in the short term—didn’t always provide a sense of community for those who met there.
From GovTech.com: A report on the recovery of Hurricane Harvey, by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Hart Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, says the disaster recovery system in the region is not sustainable and creates a moral hazard by rewarding risky behavior.
The report, Rethinking Disaster Recovery and Mitigation Funding in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey, includes findings that suggest a top-down funding approach handcuffs local communities in developing mitigation plans and that, as a whole, Texas’ long-term hazard mitigation planning efforts have failed.