disaster planning News

Analysis: 4 Things Houston Area Must Do to Prevent Future Flooding Disasters

An unprecedented amount of rain has fallen on the Houston area due to Hurricane Harvey, causing what’s likely the worst flooding event that the nation’s sixth-largest metropolitan area has ever experienced — even worse than 2001’s Tropical Storm Allison. This …

Washington Governor Wants Coordinated Earthquake, Tsunami Response Plan

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is directing several state agencies to work together to prepare for a coordinated plan in case of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. Friday’s directive creates a subcabinet group of the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division …

10 Business Insurance Lessons and 1 Owner’s Advice from Katrina

Nearly 10 years ago, wind and storm surges as a result of Hurricane Katrina caused $41 billion in insured losses and $108 billion in total economic losses. Many of the lawsuits filed as a result of the fifth hurricane of …

Univ. of Louisiana-Lafayette Gets Grant for Disaster Database

A research center at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette has received a $1.3 million grant to build a tool to educate property owners about the potential for flooding or other risks in their area. The Advocate reported the university’s National Incident …

Colorado Flood Spills Spur Review Of State Plans For Oil

As floodwater started to rise Sept. 11, some oil and gas operators began shutting wells and securing facilities. It would be five days before state regulators announced their own plans. “Did the state have a disaster plan for the oil …

Connecticut Storm Panel to Release Recommendations

The panel formed by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to review the preparations and responses by the state, utilities and others to the remnants of Hurricane Irene and the freak October snowstorm is wrapping up its work. Malloy said the …

Florida Wants More Private Firms Involved in Emergency Planning

Florida’s new emergency management chief said he wants the private sector to be more involved in the state’s disaster preparedness efforts so that local economies can recover quickly after hurricanes. “They want their employees to be safe and well and …

Disaster Plan Should Include Social Media, Says Hurricane Center

Nobody is going to push the “like” button for a hurricane, but the National Hurricane Center hopes to get some Facebook fans for its storm advisories. The hurricane center joined the online social network in January to give a behind-the-scenes …

Tokyo Rethinking Its Earthquake Plan After Japan Disaster

More than 10,000 people dead, hundreds of thousands injured, nearly one million buildings destroyed, millions forced to evacuate and a fifth of Japan’s economy wiped out. That’s the scenario forecast if a huge magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits Japan’s capital of …