The economic case for a national flood standard

Building Resilient Communities

A resilient community can use available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations. A fast and flexible civic response to COVID-19 has demonstrated the need for communities to self-organize and  connect people in groups to solve problems together.  In this discussion, we look back at the COVID-19 response and ask what have we learned from organizing these efforts and how might we respond to problems in the future.  What can government and industry learn from this bottom-up, widely distributed response? Join Dale Dougherty of Make Community and Dorothy Jones-Davis of nation of Makers along with the following panelists…

Pandemic, Other Disasters Taking Toll on Mental Health

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other disasters such as the recent wildfires and subsequent smoke, has been taking a toll on the mental health of many, if not most, residents of the Evergreen State.

The problem has become so concerning that Governor Jay Inslee was joined by other mental health experts in a press conference Thursday to discuss the issue.

Upwards of three million Washingtonians will experience clinically significant behavioral health symptoms during the pandemic, and that’s normal.

Behavioral Health Strike Team Co-lead Dr. Kira Mauseth said, “The period that’s six to nine months post-impact from a disaster is typically the hardest time for people. It’s because we really struggle with that coming to terms, that acceptance, of what the new normal is going to look like.”

That period is known as the ‘disillusionment phase’ of disaster response. Mauseth predicts the upcoming 4th quarter of 2020 to be Washington’s disillusionment phase…

The economic case for a national flood standard

Brenda Davenport holds her dog Harley as floodwaters cover a road, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Brewton, Ala. Rivers swollen by Hurricane Sally’s rains threatened more misery for parts of the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama on Thursday, as the storm’s remnants continued to dump heavy rains inland that spread the threat of flooding to Georgia and the Carolinas.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Photo: Gerald Herbert, STF / Associated Press

The record pace of this year’s hurricane season, including Hurricane Laura, serves as the latest reminder that the country needs an updated approach to managing flood risk. Our new normal of extreme weather is underscored by the more than 33 billion-dollar floods in the last 40 years. The price tag is even more staggering. Since 2000, flooding and hurricanes have cost the nation more than $850 billion in damages. Three years after Hurricane Harvey, Texas is still recovering…

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