Rebuiding After Disasters

The most recent magazine section of the Sunday NYTimes (The Design and Tech Issue Nov.13) features.articles about rebuilding and recovering from a great variety of disasters. It is titled We Live in An Age of Destruction; Which Means We Live in an Age of Rebuilding.

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Disasters Can Affect Academic Performance for Years

From The Conversation: Disasters like Hurricane Ian can affect academic performance for years to come. An excerpt:

“One of the most important lessons is that just as it will likely take years to rebuild the infrastructure and homes hit by Hurricane Ian, it could take a similar amount of time to help some children regain a sense of normalcy. My own research – and that of many others –
shows that while children are often resilient in the face of disasters, the effects of trauma can be insidious and linger for years to come.”

RAND Report on Lessons Learned from Covid-19

From RAND: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Outbreak; Preventing and Managing Future Pandemics. (84 pp)

“The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic that began in late 2019 and continues as of the writing of this Perspective in summer 2022 has been the cause of both tremendous tragedy—in lives lost and economic hardship—and great triumph in the rapid development of effective vaccines. Many nations around the world have scrambled to respond to a once-in-a-century event that has exposed many weaknesses in response planning and capabilities, including those of the United States. Even as the pandemic continues, it is not too early to reflect on the missteps that have been made and lessons that can be learned so that the United States and nations worldwide can be better prepared for the future.

This volume contains a collection of essays that explores topics of critical importance toward that aim and identifies actions that can be taken to not only improve pandemic preparedness but also help prevent the occurrence of future pandemics. The essays center on U.S. challenges and experiences, but the solutions, in many cases, require collaborative efforts that reach across national boundaries.”

FEMA S&T Issues New Grant to Stabilize Community Resources

From HStoday: DHS S&T Issues $1.9M Contract to Help FEMA Stabilize Community Resources in Disasters –

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate announced a $1,994,442 contract award to G&H International Services, Inc. (G&H International) to design, develop and implement a Community Lifeline Status System (CLSS) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The goal of the CLSS is to assist FEMA in helping emergency management organizations establish standardized and integrated systems to the already existing Community Lifeline Construct, which adopts a whole-of-community approach to emergency management and builds greater awareness and resilience in communities after disasters.”

Note:The Diva is not familiar with the Community Lifeline Construct and would welcome comments/explanations from readers. Check out replies for more info.

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