From Scientific American: Fix Disaster Response Now. Emergency management leaves out vulnerable groups and is poorly prepared for worsening climate-related disasters
Biden Taps FEMA Official to Lead Afghan Resettlement Efforts as Agency Deploys Thousands in Ida Response. Agencies are sending employees throughout the United States and around the world in a scramble to tackle multiple crises at once.
Note the replies from readers who know Bob Fenton.
Not quite on the main topic of recovery, but an interesting and worthwhile article that is open access: Interdisciplinary Theory, Methods, and Approaches for Hazards and Disaster Research: An Introduction to the Special Issue. Authors are Lori Peek and Seth Guikema
From the GAO: Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Homeland Security
See the 33 page report for details of the Emergency Preparedness and Response section of the report.
From the WashPost, this article about a new threat: Tennessee floods show a pressing climate danger across America: ‘Walls of water’.‘Climate change has come barging through the front doors of America.’ An excerpt:
Inland flooding is the leading cause of death associated with tropical cyclones in the past 50 years, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. On average, damage from inland floods costs more than any other severe weather event. It’s a problem from the mountains of western North Carolina, where Tropical Storm Fred killed five people last week, to the streets of Dearborn, Mich., where heavy rains have repeatedly overwhelmed the sewer systems and destroyed homes.
From the Wash Post: In Haiti, a brutal reckoning over an all too familiar task: Rebuilding.
The Diva considers this the most depressing account of recovery prospects she has ever documented. Essentially none of the key elements of an effective recovery are available. Very sad.
From Ashland, OR, this resource for homes and businesses: Emergency Preparedness and Resilience Toolkit.
As Hurricane Henri barrels toward the northeast, it is essential to pay attention to preparedness.
This unusual report is worth considering as an example of how to examine past actions. IG Report on Afghanistan Reconstruction Efforts
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) recently released a report titled, “What We Need to Learn: Lessons from Twenty Years of Afghanistan Reconstruction.” This report incorporates 13 years of oversight work, more than 760 interviews, and a review of thousands of government documents to produce a comprehensive retrospective analysis of lessons learned.