Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper
Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population lives in counties subject to significant coastal flooding and—with expanding developments in coastal regions—that number is expected to increase in the near future. With this in mind, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has expanded its flood exposure risk-mapping tool to cover coastal areas from Texas to Maine. This handy tool allows visitors to select their location and possible flood scenarios to calculate how floodwaters might impact their community.
Extreme Event: Coastal City
Want to host a hurricane? No problem—the Extreme Event game can help. This exciting 12- to 48-player game was made to help groups (from communities to classrooms) see how they’d fare in a disaster scenario. The quick-paced game is played on tablets or laptops and features an unfolding disaster in four phases—preparation, response, recovery, and adaptation. Players must collaborate to solve disaster challenges and afterwards reflect on their levels of disaster resilience. Visit the website to learn more about how to host a game for your group and keep an eye out for the River City version coming in September.
Performance of Buildings and Nonstructural Components in the 2014 South Napa Earthquake
The Federal Emergency Management Agency tasked a team of engineers to assess the performance of buildings impacted by the 2014 South Napa Earthquake and develop recommendations to improve building codes and other mitigation practices. This report documents that work and finds that damage from nonstructural building elements and unreinforced masonry posed significant danger.
Flood Risk and Resilience Viewer
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has launched a new interactive, online tool that provides information on flood risk and the impacts of climate change in coastal Louisiana. The tool provides residents with access to comprehensive information about how Louisiana’s coast may change in the future, as well as ways to make communities and property safer right now.
Tackling Prolonged Displacement: Lessons on Durable Solutions from Fukushima
This recently published policy brief by the United Nations University draws on lessons learned from the Fukushima earthquake and elaborates on solutions for displaced populations. It provides recommendations based on insights from interviews with experts from the UN and other international organizations working with disaster-induced displacement, humanitarian assistance, disaster risk reduction and recovery.