Member Update- January 7


MEMBER UPDATE January 7, 2015

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Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year.

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.

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Things of Interest…

CoreLogic Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis 2014

Recap of significant catastrophic natural hazard events that took place across the globe, including hurricanes, tropical storms and cyclones, typhoons, flooding, hail and tornado events, wildfires, sinkholes and earthquakes.

Articles & Editorials…

Cities Adopt Cloud-Based Approaches to Disaster Recovery

Some cities moving toward the use of cloud-based technology approach to provide disaster recovery services.

The Critical Ingredients of Community Resiliency

This article outlines the 3 E’s of resiliency while calling for a larger emphasis on institutional resiliency

‘Ambucycles’ bring aid in minutes to patients with MI, stroke in Israel

At San Diego Exponential Medicine 2014 Israel extols medically equipped motorcycles to reduce emergency response time.

Review of 2 Key Reports in 2014 – by Don Watson

NHMA’s own Don Watson provides a run down of PDD-21, The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy: in Brief, and The Hurricane Rebuilding Task Force’s Infrastructure Resilience Guidelines: An Initial Assessment of Implementation by Federal Agencies.

Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches

Pope hopes to influence UN climate meeting in Paris with statements on the state of the climate and the tragedy of social exclusion.

AECOM Technology (ACM) JV Receives Potential $600M FEMA Contract

AECOM will provide architectural and engineering services for Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP), Hazard Mitigation Technical Assistance Program (HMTAP) and Technical Assistance and Research Contracts (TARC) programs.

Editorial: Stop the fleecing on disaster relief

Former Senator Tom Coburn releases report claiming Federal Emergency Management Agency’s failure to update critical rules and regulations has led to a dramatic rise in the number of federally declared disasters and taken disaster recovery spending to new extremes.

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