Natural Disaster Planning in the Time of Covid-19

From Bloomberg this article dealing mainly with shelters:  How to Plan for a Disaster During a Disaster. The Red Cross has implemented new protocols to limit human contact when aiding the victims of tornadoes, hurricanes and other emergencies.
Thanks to Chris Jones for the citation.

Related is this article from Axios: Exclusive: FEMA braces for COVID-infected hurricane season

Shipping Container Buildings

I have covered this topic before, but just this week in a conversation about how to quickly create shelter for large numbers of refugees the topic came up again. See this WashPost article: Is shipping-container building ‘the best thing since the brick?’

Here is a link to the earlier posting ( Nov. 2012) about the use of shipping containers for emergency shelters.

Update: one more article from the Guardian on October 9: Living in Steel Box Shipping Containers.

It does seem like a possible solution for sheltering large numbers of migrants temporarily.

Innovative Thinking re Storm Shelters

An interesting idea from the NYTimes: Next Time, Libraries Could Be Our Shelters From the Storm. Some excerpts:

To some extent, churches, libraries, schools and malls already serve as emergency centers, albeit not all churches responded or were equipped to be of help after Sandy. And as the novelist Zadie Smith lamented last year i… apropos the closing of neighborhood libraries in London, libraries are “the only thing left on the high street that doesn’t want either your soul or your wallet.”

Even schools are not quite like branch libraries. The branches have become our de facto community centers, serving the widest range of citizens — indispensable in countless, especially poorer, more vulnerable neighborhoods. They are much threatened by budget cuts, but never more in demand by toddlers and teenagers, working parents, the elderly and the unemployed, new immigrants and traditional readers.

With disaster in mind, they could be designed in the future with electrical systems out of harm’s way and set up with backup generators and solar panels, even kitchens and wireless mesh networks.