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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

Categories: Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism,Weather/Disasters

The second such review which sets priorities for homeland security over the next four years and reviews the five mission areas: preventing terrorist attacks, securing the borders, enforcing immigration laws, securing cyberspace, and strengthening preparedness.  From the Homeland Security Department


Prioritizing Highway Projects for Improvement of Evacuation

Categories: Transportation,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters


Responds to concerns that only a portion of people in low-lying areas of Hampton Roads will be able to evacuate in time in the event of a major hurricane, especially if they have less than 36 hours notice.  Calls for preparing a list of evacuation highways for priority attention.   From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization


CSB Approves Final Report Finding Deepwater Horizon Blowout Preventer Failed Due to Unrecognized Pipe Buckling Phenomenon During Emergency Well-Control Efforts on April 20, 2010 …

Categories: Energy,Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

The headline tells it all, but the report covers two volumes plus an overview of the Macondo Well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.  From the Chemical Safety Board


Hurricane Sandy: Observations and Analysis of Coastal Change

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Weather/Disasters

Documents the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy along the mid-Atlantic coast from North Carolina to New York.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


Earthquake Catalog for Estimation of Maximum Earthquake Magnitude, Central and Eastern United States—Part A, Prehistoric Earthquakes

Categories: Geology/Mining,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

Describes the construction of a global catalog of moderate to large earthquakes in order to estimate the maximum earthquake magnitude possible within a geographic region. This part discusses prehistoric earthquakes that occurred in eastern North America and Northwestern Europe.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


NOAA Predicts Near-Normal or Below-Normal 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Categories: Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

Anticipated development of El Nino weather conditions this summer results in predictions of a 50% chance of below normal number of hurricanes along the Atlantic Coast.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund: Overview and Selected Issues

Categories: Govt Finance,Weather/Disasters

Describes the declaration process, the types of declarations that can be issued, how the fund is financed, and the policy arguments over whether and how the method of financing should be revised. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Climate Change Impacts in the United States


The Third National Climate Assessment, described as the most authoritative scientific report on U.S. climate change impacts. Includes recent advances in climate change science, climate change impacts for 7 societal and environmental sectors, key impacts on U.S. regions, and the report’s 12 key findings.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program


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