“Managing Chaos” – a short but terrific handbook

Update: Managing Chaos; the Disaster Planner’s Handbook in Eight Parts (2013), by Mitch Stripling, City of NYC Dept. of  Health and Mental Hygiene. (21 pp).  This is one of the most readable and practical documents on the topic that I have ever read. I recommend it highly. [The update provides the direct URL to the document and supporting references.]

[I think I got the citation from my fellow blogger Eric Holdeman, who wrote this posting last March. ]

APA Policy Paper on Hazard Mitigation

Although intended for internal policy use by the American Planning Association, this 5-page paper titled Policy Paper: Hazard Mitigation provides a useful update on current concerns and unfinished business with respect to hazard mitigation.

State Water Resources Planning

From the Natural Resources Defense Council, a useful national map and state by state details about water. See Ready or Not: How Water-Ready is Your State?  April 8, 2012. From the report:

As climate change affects communities across the U.S., some states are leading the way in preparing for the impacts on water resources. These states are reducing carbon pollution and planning for climate change impacts. Yet many states are not acting and remain woefully unprepared.

Click on a state to find out what risks communities there may face and what the state is doing to prepare.

In a related newsclip, see this HuffPost article about the state of CA, which it says has done the most planning and should be in the best shape. April 8, 2012.

One more report re Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in CA was recently issued by the National Academy of Sciences.

Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning- 2nd posting

Los Angeles, CA
I just learned about this UASI -funded effort in LA. For details about their ongoing recovery planning efforts as well as other projects completed and underway via the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant project, go to the Feb. 2012 report on the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant program. [Thanks to All Hands Consulting for the link.] The report is 19 pages.
Fairfax County, VA:
Fairfax County just completed its pre-disaster recovery plan, which I was told is the first in the country to follow the format and recovery support functions of the National Disaster Recovery Framework.  With support from federal grant funding, and the help of a consulting firm, the county has just published its recovery plan. (Note the download is 368 pages.)

When I have had the chance to read and analyze it, I will add comments.

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