Tagged: disaster

NEMA Biennial Report 2014

Yesterday, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) published their 2014 Biennial Report. Since 1996, NEMA has published the Biennial Report that contains information on various aspects of state emergency management and Homeland Security. This edition incorporates detailed information on Emergency Management and Homeland Security organizational structures and staffing, governor’s authority...

Progress Report: Rebuilding After Sandy

On June 18th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Sandy Program Management Office issued its first report tracking progress of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force’s (“Task Force”) Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy of August, 2013. The Rebuilding Strategy includes a long-term plan that delegates spending and oversight...

As Hurricane Season Approaches, the EIA Goes Mobile

In a press release issued this Tuesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that its online tools will be accessible on mobile devices just in time for the 2014 hurricane season. The EIA has made available its U.S. Energy Mapping System and Energy Disruptions tools that will allow the...

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Releases Final Investigative Report on 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill that took place on April 20, 2010 in the Macondo Prospect oil field has been described as “one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history.” The explosion and subsequent spill took the lives of 11 workers, seriously injured 17, and leaked a reported 5...

Trending Today: How Social Media Will Change the Face(book) of Disasters

The Center for National Policy’s Task Force for a Resilient America released a new report, “Connecting America: Building Resilience with Social Media” this month. The project aims to develop the most effective messages to promote resilience in the individuals and societies of America. Their toolbox is expanding from traditional media...

Mega-Droughts, Super-Storms, and Civil Unrest: Buckling Down for the Impacts of Climate Change

Mega-droughts, floods, and super-storms are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to climate-change-driven events, and the US Defense Department fears that the United States’ infrastructure isn’t prepared to take the damage. Preparation for, rather than prevention of, disasters may soon be the name of the game for...

Ring in the New Year With Emergency Preparedness

  As 2014 approaches, various communities have released emergency preparedness calendars to plan for and prevent potential emergency events that may happen during the next year. These advanced preparedness calendars include ways that families can prepare for disasters; they include ways to prepare for evacuations that might include pets; and...

ASTHO & CDC Announce Release of National Health Security Preparedness Index™

Last week the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 20 other development partners announced the release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index™ (NHSPI™). The partners assert that the Index is “a new way to measure...

Typhoon Haiyan: Information and Resources for Emergency Response

The recent typhoon in the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan, or known locally as Typhoon Yolanda, has sparked the mobilization of emergency and relief efforts across the globe. Formed on November 3, 2013 several hundred kilometers east-southeast of Micronesia, the storm is on record as the Philippines’ second-deadliest typhoon. The typhoon made...

One Year after Hurricane Sandy: The Recovery

October 29th, 2013 marked the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Dozens of states were impacted by the heavy rain, strong winds and record storm surges of the hurricane, particularly on the East Coast. The storm created extensive damage and it wound up costing states and local and federal agencies...