Beirut Is the Toughest Recovery Imaginable

From the WashPost: Beirut needs billions of dollars it doesn’t have to rebuild after massive blast

“Beirut officials have estimated that the damage from the enormous blast that shook the city two weeks ago could reach $15 billion, though the true extent of the destruction remains unknown. At least 25,000 homes are so badly damaged that they are uninhabitable, according to the Beirut government.

And there are myriad hurdles for rebuilding, including a months-old financial crisis that has sent the value of the Lebanese currency plunging and prompted draconian banking restrictions that limit withdrawals even by those with money in their accounts.

Only a few homeowners have insurance, and they are being told they can’t receive a payout until the cause of the explosion is established by the government’s investigation, since damage due to war or terrorism is not covered. They say they have little hope of ever being compensated. In the meantime, landlords and long-term tenants are fighting over who should pay for repairs.”

Danger of Hurricane Evacuations in FL in Time of Covid Pandemic

From GovTech: Hurricane Evacuees Would Spread the Coronavirus by the Thousands. The study examines how four South Florida counties that are hotspots for coronavirus — Miami Dade, Palm Beach, Monroe and Broward — would influence the spread of COVID-19 should a Category 3 hurricane hit the area and force some residents to flee to safer regions.

More Trouble Re DHS


From the WashPost: DHS’s changing mission leaves its founders dismayed as critics call for a breakup. “Created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as a bulwark against further atrocities inside the American homeland, DHS had become a symbol of the government’s response to the national trauma, carefully projecting a staid, strait-laced image. It grew exponentially larger and more powerful on the strength of broad bipartisan support. Nearly two decades later, Trump has changed that.”

The Diva recalls that in the early years after the formation of DHS and the inclusion of FEMA, many critics were not pleased that FEMA as a small agency was buried in the large Dept. Today, the criticisms have to do with its law enforcement functions.

New Report from NAS on Supply Chains After Hurricanes

Strengthening Post-Hurricane Supply Chain Resilience: Observations from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Resilient supply chains are crucial to maintaining the consistent delivery of goods and services to the American people. The modern economy has made supply chains more interconnected than ever, while also expanding both their range and fragility. In the third quarter of 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria revealed some significant vulnerabilities in the national and regional supply chains of Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The broad impacts and quick succession of these three hurricanes also shed light on the effectiveness of the nation’s disaster logistics efforts during response through

Beirut Needs Aid, But Who Will Receive and Disburse It?

From the WashPost: Beirut urgently needs aid. But residents fear the state’s involvement will make matters worse.

How do you respond to a humanitarian crisis and rebuild a devastated capital when no one trusts the corruption-plagued state apparatus — and while a collapsed banking system and a pandemic loom in the backdrop? That is the billion-dollar question Lebanon is facing.