Puerto Rico Research Hub
Hurricane Maria has likely forever changed the face of Puerto Rico’s demographics. Even before the storm, the Puerto Rican diaspora living in the mainland United States outnumbered those on the island. Now the opportunity to return is unavailable to many because of the state of Puerto Rico’s housing, education, employment, health care, and other factors. This University of Central Florida site will serve as a center for research investigations and partnerships to better inform policy decisions and those supporting hurricane survivors on the mainland.
As many disaster survivors know, recovery is often a long process that stretches months and years beyond the original event. This nonprofit works to shorten that span for communities by providing resilience training, recovery assistance, resources to help residents navigate applications for institutional support. Check out their guide series on topics such as mold remediation, contractor fraud, code compliance, and post-disaster insurance help.
FEMA Flood Risk Products
As flooding from Hurricane Florence has shown, communities might not have enough information on the suite of the flood risk products available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This guide is a quick primer on what resources are available and how local governments can use them to reduce risk, support mitigation planning, and improve public outreach.
Outbreak Response Toolkits
Public healthcare providers now have a resource to quickly access information on outbreak preparedness, response, recovery. These free toolkits, created in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offer a wide range of guidance that can be accessed via desktop or mobile device, online or off. The selection includes checklists, flow charts, and case studies on topics such as incident response, communication, leadership, and emerging pathogens.
ALIVE Interactive Fire Training
For many fire departments, incorporating the latest firefighter training techniques into busy day-to-day operations can be challenge. This gap between what was known and what could be taught led the New York University Fire Research Group to team up with fire departments across the country and create ALIVE, an interactive app-based training tool that gives firefighters an opportunity to exercise decision making skills through tactical scenarios. Modules on topics such as fire dynamics, wildland fires, and wind-driven fires are available in both iOS and Android platforms