Member Update- February 11

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MEMBER UPDATE February 11, 2015

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Note from NHMA President Ed Thomas, Esq.:

Congratulations to Barry and others on the formation of the APA Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Interest Group.  Read more about it here.

Things of Interest…

Storm Surge Inundation Map

 Interactive map illustrates worst-case storm surge and inundation scenarios on the American Gulf and Atlantic coasts, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It combines data layers from FEMA 100 and 500 year flood maps as well as NOAA’s Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) and National Hurricane Center’s coastal county hurricane strike maps.

FEMA seeks to hire hazard-mitigation engineer/architect

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is accepting applications for a hazard mitigation (HM) engineering and architectural specialist position through Tuesday for its Queens, New York, office.

Obama to raise federal projects 2 feet under new flood standard

Federal projects will be built at least 2 feet higher in the future to protect them against worsening floods that stem in part from climate chang

The Climate Science Behind New England’s Historic Blizzard

Regardless if climate change causes extreme weather events, all weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be

Short emergency messages not as effective in alerting people about imminent threats, study finds

Short 90- and 140-character wireless emergency alert messages delivered over mobile devices are “substantially less effective” than much longer messages to spur people to take action in case of a hazard, a recent study concluded

World Bank 2014 report: Understanding Risk

Proceedings from conference in 2014

Articles & Editorials…

Preparing for Climate Change: President’s Budget Misses Opportunity

This writer doesn’t see disaster related budget increases as change enough

FEMA head: Rebuild wisely after disasters

FEMA head calls for change as communities rebuild post-disaster

Fugate: FEMA mission compromised by fight over budget

A congressional standoff over funding the Department of Homeland Security is making it difficult for the department’s small agencies to operate, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said Friday

Note to our members:

With your member support and involvement, we look forward to continuing the promotion of natural hazard risk reduction and climate adaptation through a Whole Community approach.  Please consider supporting this mission by maintaining your membership (which can be renewed here) or through a tax-deductible donation (which can be done here).  If you prefer to donate via check, please download this form.

Note about website changes:

In an effort to better server our membership, some changes have been made to our website.  Job post submissions can now be made online using the link at the top of the job post page.  Also, NHMA’s work is made possible by the dedication of volunteers.  Please visit our volunteer page and consider contributing your time to the cause of natural hazard risk reduction.

Please remember to send any mitigation related announcements, articles, and resources to nathazma@gmail.com for inclusion in our updates.