Climate Degregulation Tracker
This handy website from the Columbia Law School lists daily updates on congressional or presidential actions that will impact climate mitigation and adaptation. The site contains an easy overview of the latest actions, action types, and agencies affected, as well as expanded information on each entry. A database of current and proposed regulations that address climate change is a useful reference of what’s at risk.
Floodplain Management 2016: Local Programs
Knowing what actions and programs are working for planners and flood managers across the nation can provide insight for local-level professionals. That’s why the Association of State Floodplain Managers conducted a survey that captures the face of local practitioners and their work. This report, released in December, encapsulates the results of that survey to give a snapshot of the practices, capacities, and challenges of local floodplain management.
2017 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure
Events like the Oroville Dam collapse or the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, serve as good reminders of the importance of infrastructure in the United States. That fact isn’t lost on the American Society of Civil Engineers, which issues a report card on the nation’s vital systems every four years. The report card provides a quick overview of infrastructure by category or state, and lets you drill down to more detailed information. Equipped with information on everything from aviation to wastewater, you can keep an eye on whether or not America is making the grade (spoiler: it’s not).
Cities Adapt to Extreme Heat: Celebrating Local Leadership
This report details efforts to respond and adapt to increasingly frequent and intense heat events. The report examines 20 case studies to provide examples of tactics used throughout Canada, including issuing targeted warnings, using public facilities as cooling centers, providing water for those in need, educating the public, and actions that help reduce urban heat islands.
Geo-Targeting Performance of Wireless Emergency Alerts in Imminent Threat Scenarios: Tornado Warnings
This is the first in a two-volume study that investigates how over-alerting and warning fatigue before disasters can be reduced. Warning fatigue is a common problem in tornado scenarios, where false alarms can be common. This can eventually lead the public to consider alarms inaccurate and cause the to ignore future alarms. The study found using the geo-targeting capabilities of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) could improve alert accuracy, increase confidence, and reduce fatigue.
Health and Safety Planning Guide for Protecting Responders Following a Nuclear Detonation
When it comes to an nuclear incident, first responders will be especially susceptible to radiation exposure. This reference guide gives planners and safety officers guidance on how to protect response personnel so they can continue their missions. The guide includes information on what to expect from a nuclear detonation, zoned response planning, physical effects of radiation exposure, and tips for self-protection in a radiation zone.