Being prepared: An increase in natural disasters sends residents scrambling
James Katte was completely unprepared for the wall of soil and rubbish that barrelled into his Auckland home on Tuesday night.
The former furniture maker and his partner Therese were fretting about torrential rain falling outside their apartment block in Kohimarama, in the city’s inner eastern suburbs.
“The lights flickered and my partner said ‘just in case the power goes out we should get our torches ready’. Then, next minute, soil came crashing in.”…
An Innovative Way to Encourage Disaster Preparedness: FEMA’s Public Assistance Deductible
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently outlined a new framework for encouraging states to invest in disaster resilience and thus limit the growing costs of disasters.
Today is the comment deadline for the ‘Public Assistance deductible,’ a concept that can help protect communities and ensure federal taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. The Union of Concerned Scientists is filing comments supportive of this idea, with some important recommendations for improvements…