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Dual Disaster Handbook: 6 Recommendations for Local Leaders Responding to Floods During Covid-19   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "In 2020, communities across the United States experienced compounding threats that required collective action: floods during COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. These 'dual disasters' were widespread, with a record 12 named storms [hyperlink] hitting the East and Gulf coasts, along with derechos [hyperlink] and riverine flooding [hyperlink] damaging the West and Midwest--all amid the ongoing pandemic. In 2021, the dual disaster threat persists. Data from previous years suggest that Atlantic hurricanes could form as early as May [hyperlink], a critical month for COVID-19 vaccine distribution this year. And although spring flooding is predicted to be less severe [hyperlink] in 2021, communities must still be prepared. Most importantly, 2020 demonstrated how flooding and COVID-19 compound existing health, environmental, and income inequities on racial and socioeconomic lines. With these challenges in mind, this handbook for local leaders provides six recommendations for preparing for floods during COVID-19. While the specific response will vary by community, proactively planning an equitable response is essential everywhere."

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2021-04
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American Flood Coalition
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American Flood Coalition: https://floodcoalition.org/
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