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Boston Mayor: City Made Significant Strides in Preparing for Climate Change

Boston has made significant strides in preparing for major natural disasters, rising sea levels and other impacts to the ever-changing climate, Mayor Martin Walsh said on the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Speaking at the Architecture Boston Expo at the …

New York’s Pace University Holds Disaster Preparedness Conference

Pace University in New York City held a conference Monday titled “Summit on Resilience: The Next Storm.” The event brought together corporate and foundation leaders and government representatives, providing a forum for discussion on lessons from Superstorm Sandy and strengthening …

New York Requires State Agencies to Consider Extreme Weather

New York state agencies are required to consider the future likelihood of extreme weather in their decisions on public works projects, industrial and commercial permits and regulations, according to a new law signed Monday. For New York, those calculations include …

Virginia Offering Storm Surge Risk Map for Coastal Areas

Virginia emergency management officials have created a new tool to help coastal residents assess the risks of rising water in a storm surge. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says the Geographic Information System map provides users with the maximum …

Louisianans Get Tax Holiday to Prep for Hurricane Season

This weekend, Louisiana residents looking to begin preparing for the 2014 hurricane season can store up emergency supplies with a little gift from the state. Flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other supplies are free from the 4 percent state sales …

Disaster Preparedness Focus of Oklahoma City Store

Scott Harper’s hobby is insurance, but not the kind that protects your home, car or health. His insurance is emergency preparedness. And he’s found an opportunity to help other Oklahomans in the metro area get prepared for disasters. “I was …

Long Island, N.Y., Residents Asked to Take Disaster Survey

A Long Island, N.Y., politician is asking residents to take an online survey to help officials update their plans for dealing with storms and other natural disasters. Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone sent a request out Monday. Huntington is working …

Survey: Many Hoosiers Ill-Prepared For Disasters

A survey by a state agency has found that a majority of Indiana residents aren’t prepared to survive on their own in the aftermath of a tornado, blizzard or other disaster. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security surveyed more than …

N.Y. Announces Protocol for Insurers to Follow During Future Severe Storms

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that his administration has established a new emergency disaster protocol that insurers should expect to follow in the event of future severe storms and other natural disasters. The emergency disaster protocol includes a …

Survey: Many Sandy-Impacted Small Biz in N.Y. Unprepared for Another Storm

A year after Superstorm Sandy, a new survey of small business owners and managers in the metropolitan New York City area found that nearly 30 percent of respondents affected by the storm would be forced to make staffing cuts in …