Tagged: natural

Shake, Rattle, and Wave: USGS Releases Tsunami Risk Reduction Study

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a report called “The Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR) Tsunami Scenario”. This report depicts a potential tsunami created by an earthquake offshore from the Alaska Peninsula and how it might impact the coast of California. According to the report, “[t]he tsunami scenario...

New Report Says United States is Ill-Prepared for Natural Disasters

A new report by the American Security Project has found that the United States is ill-prepared to deal with natural disasters, especially as they relate to coastal flooding. The report, called “Climate Change: Coastal Flood Threat”, uses the Netherland’s flood management plans, which are cited as some of the most...

Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force has released today its "Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy," a guide meant to help local communities continue to recover from the devastation of the October 2012 hurricane. The Strategy is also expected to serve as a disaster recovery strategy for communities nationwide, especially those faced...

Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship

FEMA has recently released a new guide on developing an emergency operations plan (EOP) for houses of worship nationwide. In light of the increased number of emergency situations that have occurred in houses of worship in the United States, FEMA urges the public to recognize that such institutions are not...

Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake

On October 17, 1989 at 5:04 p.m., a 6.9 magnitude earthquake rocked California’s Bay Area. As it “rippled outward from its core, it left a trail of destruction from Santa Cruz to San Francisco,” bringing about the deaths of 63 individuals and $7 billion dollars worth of damage. Centered near...

How Will Global Water Problems Impact U.S. National Security?

The Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) “Global Water Security,” prepared by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is designed to answer the question: “How will water problems (shortages, poor water quality, or floods) impact US national security interests over the next 30 years?”...

U.S. Nuclear Power Plants to Re-Evaluate Seismic Hazards

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released a new seismic study “that will help U.S. nuclear facilities in the central and eastern United States reassess seismic hazards. The Central and Eastern United States Seismic Source Characterization for...

Experts Find U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Flood Management Needs Improvement

“In 2011 the mainstem Missouri River Reservoir System experienced the largest volume of flood waters since the initiation of record-keeping in the nineteenth century. The high levels of runoff from both snowpack and rainfall stressed the System’s capacity to control flood waters and caused massive damage and disruption along the...