Concern is growing in those places still recovering from 2017 hurricanes about the coming of the 2018 hurricane season, as of the first of June. See:
Article from local paper in Florida: What went wrong in Irma? Woes ran gamut from passwords to power.
Thanks to Eric Holdeman for the citation.
State of FL: Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness; Draft Final Report. It is 118 pages. [Thanks to Chris Jones for the citation.]
The Diva has not yet had a chance to read it. Comments from readers are invited.
South Florida’s Real Estate Reckoning Could Be Closer Than You Think.
Hurricane Irma showed just how vulnerable South Florida—and some of the nation’s most expensive real estate—is to climate change.
We have been hearing many accounts of the problems in Puerto Rico, but the deficiencies noted by an audit of the FL State Div. of Emergency Management are a surprise. FL has been considered one of the better prepared states.
From the Miami Herald, this account of the FL Office of Emergency Management.
Audit warned Florida’s hurricane response system was ‘ill-prepared’ for disaster
The next question is does FEMA know what the capabilities of the state and territorial EM offices are?
It has been 25 days since H. Harvey made landfall, but the preliminary cost estimates are really high. See: Economic costs of Harvey, Irma $200-$300 billion; insured cost to reach $70 billion
This is a good recap of the response so far. Will the lessons be learned or just noted?
William “Brock” Long, the FEMA administrator, has had two epic storms in his first three months on the job, and what he’s seen affirms his philosophy that the United States needs a fundamental change in disaster preparedness.
“We don’t seem to learn the lessons over and over again from past hurricanes,” he said. He cited the many people who refused to evacuate from storm-surge zones, “which blows my mind.”
From Scientific American: Hurricane Irma: Florida’s Overdevelopment Has Created a Ticking Time Bomb. Disaster risk expert says intense population growth and urban coastal development have created a huge danger.
The title is a bit dramatic, but the message is one we are seeing in many articles these days. Both FL coastal cities and Houston have been growing with inadequate attention to risk.
From the NY Times: Why Hurricane Irma Could Hurt, a Lot: Much Lies in Harm’s Way