Cities are using emergency powers to send mobile alerts to all residents. Authorities are giving far more time to families and businesses to leave danger zones, which have expanded in size. And residents are quicker to trust the calls to evacuate. The new evacuation strategies are a sign of how California, strung between the dueling risks of fires and rolling power outages, is adapting to a new reality many officials attribute to climate change.
From the HSDL: Home Health Care in the Darkaddresses the importance of resilient power (“continuous, reliable power even when the electric grid goes down for an extended period of time”) not only to hospitals, but to an increasing number of households utilizing in-home health care.
The authors propose clean, reliable alternatives to generator power, such as battery storage and solar energy, in order to protect energy-dependent communities that would be at risk in an emergency.
The Diva is interested in hearing from readers knowledgeable about resilience research about how this report meshes, or not, with other efforts, such as the publications of the National Academy of Sciences.
The federal government faces challenges in helping communities recover from disasters. Disaster costs are projected to rise as extreme weather becomes more frequent and intense. Federal disaster assistance since 2005 has topped $450 billion.
We testified that federal recovery programs are complicated and can be slow to provide help. For example, FEMA provided $2.4 billion to help communities recover from wildfires from 2015-2018. Yet, local officials cited challenges in providing housing, removing debris, and meeting FEMA’s paperwork requirements.
This is an important report; it covers a lot of recent history and many facets of recovery.