FEMA’s National Risk Index

I mentioned this resource about two months ago, but here are some recent articles. Direct link is here: National Risk Index (NRI)

“The National Risk Index is a new, online mapping application from FEMA that identifies communities most at risk to 18 natural hazards. This application visualizes natural hazard risk metrics and includes data about expected annual losses, social vulnerabilities and community resilience. The National Risk Index’s interactive web maps are at the county and census tract level and made available via geographic information system (GIS) feature services for custom analyses. With this data, you can discover a holistic view of community risk to natural hazards via online maps and data.”

From the Guardian: Los Angeles is riskiest US county but New Yorkers should beware tornadoes

From the WashPost: FEMA rates Los Angeles the most dangerous county for natural disasters

From GovTech website.

In Memoriam: Avagene Moore

This past weekend, a longtime friend and colleague passed away. She was a wonderful person and a pioneer in the emergency management field. Here are some details from the obituary in the local newspaper in TN:

Frances Avagene Moore, age 81, of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2020 at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama.  Avagene began her career in Emergency Management in Lawrence County, and continued to pursue opportunities to advance within state and national emergency management organizations   She served as President of the International Association of Emergency Managers and held many professional certifications in her field, including public speaking, leadership and consulting. In 2011, she was awarded the “Inductee to the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame” designation.  In a career that spanned over thirty-five years, she strongly influenced emergency management programs across the United States and abroad and left a legacy behind with her passion for her life’s work.

Mitigating Wildfires

From the WashPost: The Biden administration can’t stop wildfires. But it can make them less destructive.

“Rarely in recent memory has the United States seen a wildfire season as awful as in 2020. Scorching temperatures turned vast swaths of forest into tinder. Ferocious winds whipped small sparks into infernos, spinning up towering smoke clouds and terrifying fire tornadoes. Half the continent was suffocated by ash and smoke. By the time winter rain arrived, nearly 10 million acres had burned.

A century of poor forest management and unchecked climate change have pushed the West into a “new world of fire,” said Michael Wara, director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment. Traditional methods of firefighting falter in the face of such huge, unpredictable blazes. Instead, fire experts and environmental groups are hopeful that President-elect Joe Biden will adopt a more scientific approach to the issue, removing fuels from forests and shoring up community defenses to make wildfires less destructive, rather than simply trying to put them out.”