Member Update- January 12


MEMBER UPDATE January 12, 2015

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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 volunteering your time as an NHMA Committee Member (email for info), by maintaining your membership (which can be renewed here), by seeking your employer’s support to become an NHMA Institutional Member or Sponsor, or through a personal or corporate tax-deductible donation (which can be done here).  If you prefer to donate via check, please download this form.

NHMA Board Elections:

NHMA Treasurer David Mallory has tabulated the ballots in our 2015 Board Election and has announced that all the folks recommended by the Nominating Committee have been elected to the NHMA Board:

Edward A. Thomas Esq. (Incumbent) to end of 2017

James K. Murphy PE (Incumbent) to end of 2017

Katie Skakel (Incumbent) end of 2017

Aaron Pfannenstiel, to end of 2017

Thomas S. Hughes, to end of 2017

James (Jim) Mullen, to end of 2017

Kirsten Orwig, to the end of 2017

Molly Mowery, to the end of 2017

John Duffy, to the end of 2017

Erin Capps, to the end of 2017

Things of Interest…

NWS Storm Prediction Center: Services and Tools for Emergency Managers Webinar, January 23, 12:30-2:00PM CST.

Webinar focusing on SPC’s mission and services related to severe thunderstorm and tornado forecasting, as well as fire weather forecast services.

Exploring the Natural Hazards of 2014

An overview of natural hazards around the globe in 2014.

Managing Chaos: The Disaster Planner’s Handbook In Eight Parts

Guide to the process of comprehensive, multi-hazard planning based on real needs that focuses on response management will improve coordination, information flow, communication, and authority relations during a disaster every time.

$1,500 “Disaster Resilience” Scholarships Now Available from FLASH

Fourth annual scholarship program for master’s and doctoral candidates seeking academic degrees that focus on disaster safety and mitigation, including construction, engineering, financial services, meteorology, risk communication, social sciences, and more.

From the extreme to the mean: Acceleration and tipping points of coastal inundation from sea level rise

Study finds some U.S. coastal cities, such as D.C. and Wilmington, may be past the tipping point for coastal flooding disasters

Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience National Research and Development Plan; Final Report and Recommendations

National Infrastructure Advisory Council’s report on infrastructure resilience.

Review of natural catastrophes in 2014: Lower losses from weather extremes and earthquakes

Munich Re reviews disaster losses in 2014.

Articles & Editorials…

MEMA confirms seven tornadoes touched down in the state

National Weather Service confirms at least 7 tornadoes touched down in Mississippi.

Sea level report shows increasing pace of change along coast

North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission’s releases report showing the climate is changing along the North Carolina coast and the sea level is rising faster in some areas than in others.

Study: Climate change raises risks of power outages

Study led by Johns Hopkins University indicates increased intensity of storms from climate change may cause problems in cities you wouldn’t expect.

FEMA overpaid $177M on hurricanes

Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General releases report that FEMA overpaid for disaster recovery around Katrina by hundreds of millions.

Report Questions U.S. Readiness, Coordination to Handle Major Disaster

Report by Government Accountability Office finds U.S. government isn’t fully prepared to handle major disasters.

U.N. Disaster Chief Warns of More Natural Catastrophes to Come

Margareta Wahlstrom warns of the worsening of future disasters.

This was an epic year for droughts, floods, and extreme weather

Outline of the past year’s rising temperatures and extreme weather.

Miami’s climate catch-22: Building waterfront condos to pay for protection against the rising sea

Pricey development on dangerous floodplain contributes to tax base that supports protection of Miami’s shoreline.

White House Floats New Climate Guidelines for Energy, Infrastructure Development

The administration is releasing new plans instructing federal agencies to assess greenhouse-gas emissions as part of a broader effort to address climate change.

Most Of The Coastal U.S. Will See Over 30 Days Of Flooding Due To Sea Level Rise, NOAA Projects

New research from NOAA indicates coastal cities will see tremendous increase in flooding by 2050.

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