From HSToday: How ISIS and al-Qaeda Exploit the Earthquake in Turkey to Mobilize Support. Terror propaganda invoking the natural disaster includes branding the temblor as divine punishment and calling on supporters to play a hand in recovery.
Future Hurricane Risk in U.S.
From the Wash Post, this article: Future Hurricane Risk in U.S.
“The risk of damage from hurricane winds will shift in coming decades. See the impact by Zip code. 1 in 3 Americans may face risk by mid-century as winds are projected to reach further inland, northward.”
Trouble with this Site
Sorry for the delay in posting, but the Diva has had several days of downtime with this site. Hopefully, it will be back to normal soon.
Aftermath in Turkey
From the NYTimes: Shattered Homes and Lurking Disease: Quake Hardships Pile Up
Hundreds of thousands are sheltering in tents, breathing air thick with pollutants unleashed from tombs of rubble, fearful that a new disaster could strike at any moment.
Summary Information re Recent UN International Recovery Forum
A note from Dr. Laurie Johnson, a participant at the recent UN International Recovery Forum, held in Japan, Feb. 2023:
Here is some summary info that the IRP Director sent me along with the link to the Forum videos: This year’s Forum received more than 1000 registrants from 126 countries, and welcomed more than 440 live participants, hailing from 70 countries. Participants included representatives of national and local governments, international
organizations, academia, civil society, and the private sector. The videos and presentations from the Forum have been uploaded to the IRP website and to IRP’s YouTube account for those who were unable to join us live during the Forum , here are a full conference video and speaker videos: https://bit.ly/3YbPesk
FEMA is now Involved in Palestine Ohio HazMat Disaster
As of Feb. 17, FEMA is now involved in the major hazmat disaster in Palestine. This is unusual, because EPA had the lead as is typical of such events. See this explanation:
Ohio train derailment update: Gov. Mike DeWine announces FEMA to send team to East Palestine. The workers will “support ongoing operations, including incident coordination and ongoing assessments of potential long-term recovery needs.”
Personal Survival After an Earthquake
More on Building Codes In Turkey
From the WashPost: Earthquakes Destroy. People Rebuild. Cities are a form of life and they need constant care to stay strong. They didn’t get that care in Turkey.
An Excerpt: “According to The Associated Press, a Turkish government agency has acknowledged that more than half of all buildings in the country don’t meet earthquake standards.”
Comparing Building Requirements in 3 Countries
From the WashPost: Opinion: 3 charts show how better buildings save lives in earthquakes.
“Though it might take weeks or months to confirm the death toll across Turkey and Syria, the latest number has topped 36,000. This makes this month’s earthquake the deadliest in the region in more than a century. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was “not possible to be prepared for such a disaster.” Data comparing similarly seismic countries suggests otherwise. Take Chile and Japan….”
Update on Turkish Earthquakes
As of Monday Feb. 13, the news reports say that deaths in Turkey and Syria have reached 38,000 and are still raising. And various estimates for homeless people run as high at 5 million!
For emergency management personnel these numbers are incredible and beyond most planners expectations. It is worth taking some time to think about what it will take to cope with these outcomes.