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Lessons From Hurricane Harvey: Houston’s Struggle Is America’s Tale

By Michael Kimmelman  The mayhem that Hurricane Harvey unleashed on Houston didn’t only come from the sky. On the ground, it came sweeping in from the Katy Prairie some 30 miles west of downtown…Read More

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria: how natural were these ‘natural disasters’?

By: Emily Shuckburgh, Dann Mitchell & Peter Scott  No meteorological event demonstrates the power of nature to wreak devastation on even the most advanced of our societies more than a hurricane…Read More

Detroit: From Motor City to Housing Incubator

By Matthew Goldstein.  The 2008 financial crisis and 2013 city bankruptcy guttedDetroit’s housing market. Now, Detroit is experimenting withunorthodox ways to get people to buy homes and renovate houses…Read More

How to improve community disaster resilience through pre-event long-term recovery planning

by Scott Miller.  Thought I’d share my fifteen guidelines for creating pre-event long-term recovery plans/frameworks based on past work I’ve done with local jurisdictions and reviewing plans from other jurisdictions…Read More

Integrating Social and Behavioral Sciences within the Weather Enterprise

Posted on November 7 by William Hooke  Read More

The Cause of Mankind

By Sean Collins.  The American Revolution changed the world, and it isn’t finished yet…Read More

By Kevin Randolph.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Wednesday two final rules and issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) regarding mandatory standards aimed at supporting the resilience and reliability of the U.S. bulk electric …

Unlocking capital for water sector requires smart, integrated strategies, says new report

CALIFORNIA, SEPT 22, 2017 — Unlocking the flow of capital to accelerate improvements to water infrastructure that advance climate resilience and protect urban low-income communities from flooding requires integrated strategies for investments and grantmaking, concludes a …

How to Build Resilient Work Teams

It takes internal “grit” to cope with business and technology changes. Lynn Christensen of Workday shares some advice on building resilience…Read More

Vulnerable set to be better off in time of disasters

by Joel Gould.  AN emergency management pilot program that assists the city’s most vulnerable is set to be rolled out by Ipswich City Council over the next 12 months…Read More

Parry Sound columnist addresses resilience and competence

by Stephen Heder.  When Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, turned 65, he received his first National Security cheque. It was for $105. He could have resigned himself to living the rest of his life in …

Gov. John Bel Edwards kicks off Louisiana Resilient Recovery Program

Governor John Bel Edwards spent some quality time in Acadiana Thursday as local, state and federal agencies are joining together to face one particular problem, mitigating floods. Governor Edwards announced the Acadiana area will see more …

Resilience for the most vulnerable: Managing disasters to better protect the world’s poorest

Stephane Hallegatte — The World Bank, Voices – In his “The People of the Abyss,” novelist Jack London describes in grim detail a devastating storm that rocked London in the early 20th century. Residents suffered terribly…Read More

The Effect of Natural Disasters on Economic Activity in US Counties: A Century of Data

NBER Working Paper No. 23410 Issued in May 2017…Obtain

Despite population decline, Houston County predicts bright future

Nathan Hansen  CALEDONIA, Minn. — Haley Vanderohe has loved growing up in a small town. But that won’t keep her here after she heads off to college…Read More

An innovation district seeks to bridge an economic divide

By Kim Lyons  Pittsburgh’s new “EcoInnovation District” hopes the success of its tech cluster will bleed into two of the city’s lowest-income neighborhoods…Read More

Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction

A Report from Handicap International  Each year, millions of people throughout the world are affected by hazards such as droughts, floods, volcanic eruptions, mudslides, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and forest fires. The frequency of these hazards1 is …

As threats grow, expanding cities push for stronger, safer societies

By Reuters   TEPIC, Mexico July 20(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Urban resilience, no longer just a buzzword, is fast becoming part of the fabric of cities around the world, which need to ramp up strategies to ensure …

Why British coffee and tea maker Taylors prioritizes supplier resilience

by Hugh Bowring  Businesses no longer need to be convinced that the world is changing at an alarming rate. That’s old news…Read More

A Tale of Two Recoveries: 5 Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy

How the social contexts in Mississippi and New Jersey affected recovery.  By Susan Cutter and Christopher Emrich, June 25, 2015…Read More

What We Do Together: The State of Associational Life in America

Social Capital Project — Prepared by the Vice Chairman’s Staff of the Joint Economic Committee at the request of Senator Mike Lee, May 2017…Read More

Philadelphia: From Wood to Ductile Iron – A Leader in Water Infrastructure Innovation

Posted to Politics June 09, 2017 by Patrick Hogan  Not long after the Liberty Bell rang out the fledging United States’ victory over the British monarchy, enterprising minds in Philadelphia constructed a water main system using pine …

Risk Is Inevitable. Resilience Is Everything

Jeff Thomson ,  Contributor  All companies, regardless of size, face a myriad of risk in today’s global business and economic climate — from cyber risk to natural disaster preparedness to supply chain disruption…Read More

This is why infrastructure is so expensive

June 5, 2017 by Charles Marohn  A few weeks ago I finished the book Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care is Wrong by David Goldhill. In 400 pages he shed more light …

Resilience in Troubled Times

June 1, 2017 by John Beckett  Writing has been difficult lately. I’m being pulled in about a dozen directions and none of them are suitable for blogging, at least not for now. I started and discarded two …

Insurance is the “ultimate community product” for social resilience: ICMIF CEO

2nd June 2017 – Author: Luke Gallin  Insurance and reinsurance is far more than just a policy and the capabilities and capacity of the risk transfer industry must be utilised to increase global disaster resilience, stressed Shaun …

Why disaster preparedness is important

By: Guillermo M. Luz  Now that it’s officially the “rainy season,” perhaps it’s time to review some lessons from the past and what they tell us about disaster preparedness.  I recently attended the UN Global Platform …

‘Resilience Bonds’: A secret weapon against catastrophe

By Amanda Ruggeri    In a conference room overlooking downtown Miami, British executives are talking about why they know south Florida’s streets so well. It isn’t because of the sunshine. It’s because of the area’s risk …

A Road Trip Through Rusting and Rising America

Thomas L. Friedman MAY 24, 2017  OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — In his dystopian Inaugural Address, President Trump painted a picture of America as a nation gripped by vast “carnage” — a landscape of “rusted-out factories scattered …

5 Key Components to Effective Disaster Preparedness

Scott Cormier, VP of Emergency Management, Environment of Care and Safety Medxcel Facilities Management  Natural disasters cause nearly 500 deaths annually in the United States. Unfortunately, healthcare facilities in the U.S. continue to fall short in …

The Well-Tempered City –

What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life,  Jonathan F. P. Rose  Read More

Building Resilient Streets and Neighbourhoods

Posted By: Veronica Cooperon: May 21, 2017In: News, Vital People  As chickens cluck loudly, it’s important to clarify, we’re not on a farm, but in a backyard in Victoria West…Read More

Waiting for `The Big One’ to Shake San Francisco: QuickTake Q&A

by Jeffrey Taylor More stories by Jeffrey Taylor ‎May‎ ‎26‎, ‎2017‎ ‎12‎:‎00‎ ‎AM What happens to the San Francisco Bay area when the next major earthquake strikes? Read More

At ECOS Conference States Meet to Discuss Unsexy Side of Infrastructure

Posted to Energy April 06, 2017 by Erin Mundahl  When President Donald Trump announced his proposed budget, environmentalists across the country gasped at his proposal to dramatically cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency…Read More

How can we build cities to be resilient to the challenges of the 21st century?

Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand, shares her thoughts on how governments can partner with communities to strengthen resilience planning…Read More

Green Energy Poverty: Are Low Income Americans Impoverished by Alternative Energy?

Posted to Energy April 19, 2017 by Erin Mundahl  Sunday is Earth Day. While environmentalist groups are planning marches to support renewable energy development, several groups are pushing back by declaring April 17-21 Green Energy Poverty Week…Read …

Tackling resilience: Finding order in chaos to help buffer against climate change

“Resilience” is a buzzword often used in scientific literature to describe how animals, plants and landscapes can persist under climate change. It’s typically considered a good quality, suggesting that those with resilience can withstand or adapt …

Insurance industry can play role in infrastructure resilience

To better manage risks and recover quickly, city infrastructure owners and operators must move beyond asset-by-asset risk management to build resilience within and between infrastructure systems, says a Lloyd’s of London report issued Monday…Read More

Resilience in Rural Australia is Becoming a Core Competency

As Queensland looks to its recovery from Cyclone Debbie it’s timely to reflect on resilience, the challenges for communities and the need to develop a skillset that promotes greater collaboration and capacity building, writes Natalie Egleton …

What the I-85 Collapse Signals about American Infrastructure

This column was written by Lili Carneglia. Atlanta is already known for having some of the worst traffic in the world, and the recent collapse along a major interstate will only make congestion worse…Read More

Two Centuries of US Immigration

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Our Miserable 21st Century

by Nicholas N. Eberstadt  From work to income to health to societal mobility, the year 2000 marked the beginning of what has become a distressing era for the United States… Read More

Driving Resilient Design, One Edition at a Time

In the face of climate change, model codes and standards can be an unlikely vehicle for advancing strategies that help protect buildings and infrastructure…Read More

Building business resilience

PLANNING to hit the beach these days means we also instinctively plan to protect ourselves with sunscreen, a hat, pair of sunnies and the right clothing. Not surprisingly being in business ought to prompt a similar …

New ebook: Resilience Matters

Resilience Matters; Sustainable, Equitable Solutions. This new, free ebook available from Island Press; here is the direct link to the 175 page book. Thanks to reviewer Dr. John Plodinec for reading the book and preparing this …

Atlantic Council Launches New Resilience Center in Face of Mounting Global Disruptions

WASHINGTON, DC – At the inaugural meeting of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience, a high-level group of policymakers, experts, and local leaders urged governments to accelerate efforts to integrate resilience into decision-making as a critical …

This Resilience-Minded News Service Encourages Grassroots Solutions

Rockefeller’s new platform, Zilient, wants to expose leaders to solutions that will help cities and countries bounce back from disasters…Read More

Project drawing on recovery lessons from Hurricane Sandy aims to improve U.S. resilience and disaster preparedness

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University will lead research to determine why some communities recover from natural disasters more quickly than others, an effort aimed at addressing the nation’s critical need for more resilient infrastructure and …

Managing Chaos

Our secret fears are true: We write emergency plans that nobody reads. But it’s worse than that…Read More