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What Everybody From The North Needs To Understand About The Traffic Disaster In Atlanta

      

businessinsider.com - by Conor Sen - January 29, 2014

. . . “How can 2 inches of snow shut down Atlanta?” . . .

The issue is that you have three layers of government — city, county, state — and none of them really trust the other. And why should they?

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City Council Approves Pre-Disaster Agreements

orangeleader.com - by Erik Onstott - May 8, 2007 - Orange, Texas

. . . Disaster agreements were among the items discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of the Orange City Council.

Discussed and approved was a motion to extend pre-disaster agreements the city had entered into with Grubbs Emergency Services, LLC, Garner Environmental Services and Old Orange Cafe and Catering Company. Grubbs Emergency Services helped to open the roads after Hurricane Rita, while Garner provided temporary housing, generators and food stocks and the Old Orange Cafe provided boxed lunches for workers.

“This is one of the lessons we learned from Hurricane Rita,” Mayor Brown Claybar said. . .

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Funding Problems Threaten US Disaster Preparedness

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A study by researchers at the George Washington University, the University of Southern California, and the Cabarrus Health Alliance lists seven recommendations to enhance preparedness for public health emergencies in the US

WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2013) –The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York City prompted large increases in government funding to help communities respond and recover after man-made and natural disasters. But, this funding has fallen considerably since the economic crisis in 2008. Furthermore, disaster funding distribution is deeply inefficient: huge cash infusions are disbursed right after a disaster, only to fall abruptly after interest wanes. These issues have exposed significant problems with our nation's preparedness for public health emergencies.

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CLICK HERE - STUDY - Funding problems threaten US disaster preparedness (28 page .PDF report)

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Historic Freeze - Polar Vortex Could Break Temperature Records

      

Greg Mauch uses a shovel to clear several inches of snow from her sidewalk in Detroit, Jan. 2, 2014.
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abcnews.com - Associated Press - by Carson Walker - January 4, 2014

It has been decades since parts of the Midwest experienced a deep freeze like the one expected to arrive Sunday, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia even in a region where residents are accustomed to bundling up.

This "polar vortex," as one meteorologist calls it, is caused by a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air. The frigid air, piled up at the North Pole, will be pushed down to the U.S., funneling it as far south as the Gulf Coast.

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Cheap Mobile Technology is Vital in Disaster Recovery

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Jason Hall of Stansell Electric, left, talks with project manager Daron Whitehead as Nashville Wire and other vendors help repair the electrical systems after floodwaters inundated the company in May 2010, destroying $1.2 million in inventory alone./ Dipti Vaidya / File / The Tennessean

tennessean.com - by J. J. Rosen - December 8, 2013

In May 2010, after 36 hours of continuous rain, Nashville was in serious trouble. The “Flood of 2010,” as it came to be known, created a disaster that affected almost everyone in the city. . .

. . . In 2010, the idea of servers and applications being remotely hosted in the cloud was relatively new, and mobile technology was not as prevalent as it is today. Combining mobile and cloud, small- and medium-size businesses can now afford to design and implement disaster-recovery and business-continuity plans that have the same features as their larger competitors.

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Fed Flood Maps Left NY Unprepared for Sandy — and FEMA Knew It

Flooding in Red Hook, Brooklyn after Sandy (Flickr/gunnicool)

The agency ignored state and city officials' appeals to update the maps with better data until it was too late.

wnyc.org - December 6, 2013
by Al Shaw : ProPublica / Theodoric Meyer : ProPublica / Christie Thompson : ProPublica

When Patrice and Philip Morgan bought a house near the ocean in Brooklyn, they were not particularly worried about the threat of flooding.

Federal maps showed their home was outside the area at a high risk of flood damage. . .

. . . But the maps drawn up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency were wrong. And government officials knew it.

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These are the Humanitarian Decision Makers

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veritythink.com - by Andrej Verity - September 3, 2013

In my June post Who are the Humanitarian Decision Makers, I outlined why I have problems with how easily we use the phrase “for the decision makers” without really knowing who they are. Once you start investigating the problem, you quickly realize how large and diverse the range of decision makers are in humanitarian response.

Now, it is easy to complain but harder to do something. So rather than leaving this problem to fester within the community, a few of us decided to do something.

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Solar superstorm could kill millions, cost trillions

chicagotribune.com - Deborah Zabarenko - August 3rd, 2012

A monster blast of geomagnetic particles from the sun could destroy 300 or more of the 2,100 high-voltage transformers that are the backbone of the U.S. electric grid, according to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Even a few hundred destroyed transformers could disable the entire interconnected system.

There is impetus for a group of federal agencies to look for ways to prepare for such a storm this year as the sun moves into an active period called solar maximum, expected to peak in 2013.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/03/us-solar-superstorm-idUSBRE8721K820120803

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