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Hawaii Plans $550M Request for Disaster Recovery

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim is planning to ask the state Legislature for $550 million for disaster recovery following the effects of the Kilauea volcano eruption. Kim said he discussed a conceptual plan with Gov. David Ige last week, and …

Louisiana Recovery Group Marshals Cash, Volunteers to Help Flood Victims

Leslie Garon pressed her right hand to her chest and choked back tears as she addressed more than a dozen green-shirted volunteers in her living room earlier this month. “From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate every one of …

Research Reveals Coastal Housing Recovery Gaps After Disasters

A team including an Iowa State University researcher studied Galveston, Texas, homes following Hurricane Ike, finding that the types of housing and homeowners – and how U.S. recovery policy handles each – played a major role in recovery outcomes. Sara …

Texas Coastal Cities Conduct Post-Harvey Dune Restoration

The relaxation of state regulations after Hurricane Harvey has allowed Texas coastal communities to undertake nearly a dozen dune reconstruction projects. Galveston can authorize emergency beachfront repairs until at least Jan. 3, including for dunes damaged by the storm, the …

White House Warns Next Disaster Bill to Cost ‘Tens of Billions’

The White House says the next request for disaster aid will cost tens of billions of dollars and Congress should consider making cuts in other government programs to finance it. In a letter to top lawmakers in Congress, Office of …

Aerial Imaging, Machine Learning Speed Hurricane-Related Damage Assessments

In the wake of three devastating hurricanes this season, many carriers and vendors used drones and airplanes to assess structural storm damage in several states. The use of aerial imaging combined with machine learning has led to speedier claims resolution, …

Leadership’s Role in Returning Employees to Work After a Disaster

Businesses and their leaders have a unique role to play in helping communities and individuals recover from the devastation of a storm like Hurricane Harvey, and they should not underestimate the power of getting employees back to work and re-establishing …

Determining Where and Whether to Rebuild After Hurricanes Irma, Harvey

Though our natural instinct is to put everything back exactly where it was before a disaster, Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies said people need to seriously rethink …

Louisiana Governor Wants to Broaden Homeowner Flood Grants

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday he wants to broaden Louisiana’s flood aid program to include homeowners whose flood insurance proceeds didn’t cover their rebuilding costs and to boost grant amounts. Initial limits setting homeowner eligibility for the rebuilding aid …

New National Disaster Resilience Program Leader Brings Experience

John Zakian is no stranger to the aftermath of natural disasters. Tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires – he’s seen it all. The manager of Minot’s National Disaster Resilience Program brings a familiarity with disaster recovery to a North Dakota community seeking …