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FEMA’s Disaster Declaration Policy: A Primer

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Weather/Disasters

Over the last quarter century, federal assistance provided via disaster declarations has exceeded $150 billion, yet the process by which such declarations come into being is not well understood.  This report discusses the evolution of the process, how it is administered, and recent changes to the process. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists



Global Estimates 2014: People Displaced by Disasters

Categories: Statistics,United Nations,Weather/Disasters

Presents estimates of the number of people displaced during 2013 by disasters, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions or weather-related, and by conflicts.  Also includes trends from 2008 to 2013.  From the United Nations Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre


Preliminary Report: Crash Involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 Flight MH17

Categories: Headlines,Transportation,Weather/Disasters

Preliminary report on the July 2014 crash of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine to inform the public of the general circumstances of the event and the investigation progress to date.  Finds that the aircraft was penetrated by a large number of high-energy objects.  From the Dutch Safety Board


In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20,2010

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

Decision by federal district court judge Carl Barbier that BP was guilty of gross negligence and subject to enhanced civil penalties in connection with the Macondo well blowout and fire that caused 11 deaths and vast environmental damage.   From Justia


National Preparedness Report 2014

Categories: Homeland Security,Terrorism,Weather/Disasters

Identifies seven key findings including a new approach to recovery following major events such as Hurricane Sandy.  From the Federal Emergency Management Agency


National Climate Assessment: Southeast and the Caribbean Region Report

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Assesses the effects of current and future climate change on the southeastern region of the U.S. and on the Caribbean Islands.  From the site of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Sea Level Rise: A Relentless Reality that Virginia Must Continue to Plan Carefully for

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Virginia has over 7,000 miles of tidal shoreline.  This article briefly reviews flooding threats and then examines  the state’s evolving policies for coping with the threat of rising sea levels and storm surges. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


NOAA’s Updated Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Calls for an Increased Chance of a Below-Normal Season

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Weather/Disasters

Latest prediction calls for a 70% chance of a below normal season for hurricanes along the U.S. Atlantic Coast because atmospheric and oceanic conditions that suppress cyclone formation have developed and will persist through the season.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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