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Due for a Hardware Refresh?

This post is part of a series sponsored by Vertafore. A couple of new variables need to be considered when thinking about a hardware refresh at this particular moment in time. One is the market changes and market factors that …

Rental Company Sues Kentucky County for Unpaid Bills from 2012 Tornado Recovery

An eastern Kentucky county ravaged by a 2012 tornado is being sued for nearly $1 million by a Lexington company that provided rented trailers, generators, all-terrain vehicles and other equipment after the deadly twister hit. Morgan County officials agree they …

Vanuatu Villagers Provide Lessons in Survival After Cyclone Pam

Villagers in Vanuatu buried food and fresh water as one of the strongest storms on record bore down on them, fleeing to churches, schools and even coconut drying kilns as 300 kph winds and massive seas tore their flimsy houses …

Farmers Insurance, Nonprofit, Team Up on Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma

As storm season ramps up in Oklahoma, a nonprofit group formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is teaming with a national insurance company to help better prepare communities for the recovery after a natural disaster. The St. Bernard Project …

In Search of Scientific, Engineering Solutions to Make Cities Resilient

Sandia National Laboratories is bringing decades of experience solving problems with practical engineering and modeling complex systems to cities around the world under a new agreement to support the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. The …

Vermont Already Preparing for the Next Big Storm

Vermont and federal officials Monday highlighted the state’s ongoing efforts to prepare for what is expected to be increasingly severe weather, most likely floods, in the coming years as the effects of a warming world continue to be felt. They …

New Jersey Criticized for Holding Onto Storm Housing Aid

New Jersey officials said Tuesday that they have distributed just over one-third of the federal aid allocated for housing for families affected by Superstorm Sandy. The state’s Community Affairs Department released the figure, which contradicts an analysis released earlier Tuesday …

Maine, Rhode Island Granted Disaster Aid for February Storm

Maine will be eligible for federal help to cover the costs of a blizzard that hit in early February. President Barack Obama on Monday approved Gov. Paul LePage’s request for a disaster declaration. The declaration means Androscoggin, Cumberland, Knox, and …

Feds Seek Insurance Funds from Former Louisiana Mayor

A federal magistrate has ordered the garnishment of money from a life insurance policy owned by former Ball, La., Mayor Roy Hebron, who is serving a four-year prison sentence for defrauding a federal agency. The Town Talk reports U.S. Magistrate …

More Families Building Their Own Tornado Shelters

When deadly twisters chewed through the South and Midwest in 2011, thousands of people in the killers’ paths had nowhere to hide. Now many of those families are taking an unusual extra step to be ready next time: adding tornado …