Winners of ‘Resilient Homes Design Challenge’ announced

ICLR releases new book ‘Cities adapt to extreme weather: Celebrating local leadership’

Local governments are taking action to reduce the risk to Canadians from extreme weather. Cities adapt to extreme weather: Celebrating local leadership is the third book by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction extolling local governments adapting to climate change and building more resilient communities. The three books include a total of 60 case studies describing local action in Canada that is consistent with best practices for climate resilience as identified by the Institute. The Institute is pleased to share these narratives praising successful local action. These communities are demonstrating their commitment to ‘get ahead’ of the risk damage from severe weather and climate change by building back better in recovery or through proactive investments in anticipation of future risks…


Winners of ‘Resilient Homes Design Challenge’ announced

The World Bank, Build Academy, Airbnb, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and UN-Habitat today announced the winners of the Resilient Homes Design Challenge. The Challenge generated designs for disaster-resilient and sustainable houses that could be constructed for under $10,000 for people living in areas affected by or vulnerable to disasters caused by natural hazards.

Disasters caused over 23 million people to become homeless in the past 10 years. When last year’s Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean island country of Dominica, only 11 percent of the homes on the island remained intact. It is often the poorest that suffer the most from these shocks. With half the urban building stock that will exist in 2050 yet to be built, the policies and decisions that occur in cities over the next 15-20 years will shape the world we live in. Housing design and planning can play a big role in making cities more resilient….


FEMA auctions off more than 34,000 unused meals in Puerto Rico as their expiration date nears

damaged homes
Damaged homes, protected by blue plastic tarps in neighborhood of east of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on June 18, 2018, nine months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.Dennis M. Rivera / AP file

The Federal Emergency Management Agency auctioned off 34,496 unused meal kits this week, as their expiration date neared, that had been earmarked for distribution in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

The auction for the meals had drawn five bids as of Tuesday night with the highest being $280 for all of them. On Wednesday, a sixth bid came in at $510. Then a seventh and an eighth.

That final, winning bid was $10,010.

But in 2017, the price for one of those meals, known as an MRE or Meal Ready to Eat, ranged from $4.55 to $4.75, according to FEMA. That means that on the low end, the cost to taxpayers for those unused meals was nearly $157,000…

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