Tag Archives: Natural Disasters

Rebuild Healthy Homes: Guide to Post-disaster Restoration for a Safe and Healthy Home

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed this guidebook with the sole purpose of providing essential information to homeowners as well as volunteers and workers who restore homes damaged by disasters. Based on the principle link between health and housing, proper post-disaster restoration is particularly important for families who have already experienced a potentially traumatic event. Poorly restored homes, due to lack of knowledge or pressure for a speedy rebuild, can create health hazards, and even make... Read more

One Surprising Secret Weapon Against Natural Disasters? Landscape Architecture

ASLA 2016 Honor Award, General Design Category. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park by Ramoll Studio Dreiseitl. [Photo: Lim Shiang Han]
In an era when cities are ravaged by drought, flooding, wildfires, and more, infrastructure projects tend to get most of the attention when it comes to resiliency. But good landscape design can be powerful, too. This week, the American Society of Landscape Architects, or ASLA, published an an online guide designed to help its members plan for, and even prevent, the worst. Read more... Read more

Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities – Job Aids

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency created job aids to help communities applying for funding for Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants program comply with the application’s technical feasibility and effectiveness, and environmental and historic preservation requirements. The available job aids include: Aquifer Storage & Recovery, Floodplain & Stream Restoration, and Flood Diversion & Storage. Learn more... Read more

Marine Communities Impacted by Extreme Climate Events

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​ The U.S. Department of the Interior is interested in supporting efforts by marine communities to learn from recent extreme climate events and better position themselves for future variability and adaptation to climate change in Hawaii and U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. Applications due August 1. Learn more... Read more

Investing in Resilient Infrastructure before Disaster Hits

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As a growing number of natural disasters have hit vulnerable regions across the country in recent years, state and local leaders have explored a range of new investment strategies to better safeguard their infrastructure assets and ultimately provide greater protection for their economies. Many cities, for instance, are already leading in the development of resilient infrastructure projects and exploring non-traditional insurance options, such as resilience bonds.​ Read more... Read more

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program

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​The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program makes funds available to State, Local and Tribal Governments to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters. Applications due June 15. Learn more and apply... Read more

Why Historic Preservation Needs to Be Part of Disaster Planning

The stage and main seating are of the Orpheum theater shows some of the damage left behind by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006. The Orpheum was one of the major performing arts theaters until Hurricane Katrina flooded the facility. The theater is listed on the national registry of historic places and could take years to rebuild.(AP Photo/Bill Haber)
​ Natural disasters have already taken a heavy toll on historic landmarks around the U.S. A recent report out of the University of Colorado Denver and University of Kentucky finds that the U.S. may not be as prepared as it could be to protect historic sites from floods, wildfires, and tornadoes. In fact, almost two thirds of all states lack historic-preservation goals and strategies in their disaster plans. Read more... Read more

4 Cities Receive $400 Million-Plus for Resilience Projects

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​Thirteen U.S. states/communities, including four cities, were announced as winners of the National Disaster Resilience Competition by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Thursday. The winners, which will receive millions of dollars to implement resilience projects, were all impacted by major disasters between 2011 and 2013, and are expected to face substantially higher risks of disaster in the future due to climate change. Read more... Read more

Planning for a More Resilient Future: A Guide to Regional Approaches

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The NADO Research Foundation released this report that summarizes the rapidly-growing body of research on resilience, describing the main ideas that are driving policy and practice across the country and examining current thinking on regional and economic resilience.  It is intended for communities impacted by, or at risk of being impacted by, disasters, natural and human-induced. Read report. In addition to this publication, NADO RF has developed a companion online resource guide which includes examples of ways to approach planning for... Read more
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