2018 Hurricanes Offer Lessons for Florida’s 2019 Storm Season. Hurricane Michael was particularly chilling for experts. It gained far more intensity than expected and, making landfall on Oct. 10, came as the June 1 to Nov. 30 hurricane season was winding down.
From the Wash Post: Extreme weather has made half of America look like Tornado Alley. Climate change may be confounding the jet stream and making trouble for everyone.
To get an idea of how many disasters are ongoing and either have or will get a Presidential Disaster Declaration, see this current National Situation Report.
From the Wash Post: The politics of disaster aid, explained. Climate change gets worse and so does congress’s ability to fund disaster relief.
Thanks to Bill Nicholson for the citation.
A recap of experience and reflections on recovery. No major new ideas.
It is always nice to read about lessons learned and improvements made in recovery. From Weather Bug, this article about the recent tornado that affected Joplin, MO. Many Factors Helped Save Lives In Jefferson City Twister
From Vox: Watch how the climate could change in these US cities by 2050. In some cities, it’ll be like moving two states south.
Update at 1:30 pm EDT — One lone Congresssman from TX is holding up the bill until after the holiday weekend. See: $19 Billion in Nationwide Disaster Aide Stalls in House After Single Republican Objects.
It looked like the congressional log jam was going to last through the holiday break, but finally an aid bill is in process. See Disaster Relief Vote in Senate.
Coming soon from the CRC Press, the 3rd edition of Emergency Management, The American Experience. Due out this summer. The Diva is the editor of the book.
Recently there have been many analyses of why disaster funds are not reaching victims in a timely way. The Diva has published several articles and links, including a recent study by the GAO.
From Roll Call, another explanation of a major recovery problem: Long After Disasters, Red Tape Leaves Relief Aid Unspent.