Deficiencies at FL Div. of EM Prior to H. Irma

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?


Review of Painful Lessons So Far

This is a good recap of the response so far. Will the lessons be learned or just noted?

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma offer sobering lessons in the power of nature

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.”

FL Is “Ticking Time Bomb”

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.