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Small Businesses Learn Hard Lessons When They Don’t Prepare for Disaster

When Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, Carlos Melendez couldn’t contact the staffers or customers of his San Juan-based technology firm, Wovenware. Melendez learned a lesson that would help his business during the next storm, that disaster preparedness …

Latest Storms May Finally Shift Focus to Disaster Mitigation by Local Communities

Hurricane Michael’s devastation could spur policymakers to better prepare vulnerable communities for the effects of climate change. The images of entire towns in Florida’s panhandle all but erased by storm surges, as well as accounts of bodies pulled from shattered …

6 Small Businesses Share Disaster Recovery Stories

As small business owners in Hawaii and California clean up following Hurricane Lane and wildfires, they’ll find there’s no one formula for recovery. The same disaster can devastate businesses in divergent ways – a hurricane might tear the roof off …

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 …