Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has announced a $40m grant program for municipalities to strengthen clean energy infrastructure against storms. In addition, "the Patrick Administration is also investing $10 million in critical coastal infrastructure and dam repair, including $1 million in municipal grants offered by the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to reduce or eliminate risk associated with coastal storms and sea level rise. As natural solutions have often proved to be the best defense against nature, CZM will implement a $1 million program for Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience pilot projects."
For more details and to learn about how these programs are funded, visit this page.
The Northridge Earthquake: “Like a Punch Delivered from Below” from LA Magazine
It’s been two decades since the magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake shook Los Angeles to its core. Richard Andrews presided over the Herculean effort to make the city whole again.
Andrews shares lessons for disaster recovery here. At the end, he shares these thoughts on how connectedness between people can help during a disaster and recovery.
"With the exception of some of the large fires in San Diego a few years ago, California hasn’t had to deal with anything near the severity of a Northridge quake in the last decade. No major flooding or major earthquakes. No major terrorist attack. The systems that we have in place to share and process information, mobilize resources, and give guidance to the public in the event of a disaster are effective. But they also are fragile. With disuse, they have a tendency to atrophy over time.
The real difficulty in disaster response and recovery is maintaining the linkages and the connections between various agencies and jurisdictions—and the people in charge of them. It’s almost a cliché in this field, but when disaster strikes, you don’t want to be trading business cards with people on the tarmac in the middle of nowhere.
During Wilson’s first administration, every year on average brought a new catastrophe and a new Presidential Disaster Declaration. We got very good at keeping those linkages and connections in the 1990s, not because we were uniquely talented or uniquely capable by any means, but we just had a lot of stuff to deal with. We were almost constantly in either an emergency response mode or in a recovery mode—not only at the state level but also for local jurisdictions.
I worry sometimes about the capacity of various agencies and jurisdictions today to communicate with one another during disasters—their ability to know what everyone is doing. Again, the people who are responsible for these functions at both the local and state levels are professional, they’re well trained, but considering that they lack the shared experience that comes from real events happening, who knows?"
Superstorm Sandy, which wreaked havoc on the metro-New York region a year ago, is part of a growing series of natural and man-made catastrophic events that have caught communities in the U.S. and around the world unprepared. Will Puget Sound be resilient in the face of the next disaster?
On Tuesday, February 4, Northeastern University - Seattle and Dr. Stephen Flynn, an international expert on disaster resilience, will convene a panel of leaders in emergency preparedness from Seattle and King County to discuss how the Puget Sound region can best prepare for and swiftly recover from catastrophic events.
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