Near Misses and Far-Sightedness

Boulder Fire Is a Reminder of the Need for Community Collaborations

By Hannah Brenkert-Smith

A fire in Sunshine Canyon near Boulder on March 18 highlighted the dangers faced by residents living in the Wildland-Urban Interface. But innovative approaches to collaborating with communities have can have a postive impact. Hannah Brenkert-Smith tells how one effort—the WiRē Team—works to help homeowners reduce their risk.

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Slash and Flood

Proposed Budget Threatens to Axe U.S. Flood Protections

By Jolie Breeden

Recently proposed budget cuts are putting many disaster-related programs at risk, however those that would eliminate funding for floodplain mapping, limit the ability to forecast extreme weather, and hobble mitigation and preparedness grants will hit flood-prone communities especially hard.

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A Vision for Volcanoes

Bill Would Strengthen U.S. Monitoring and Science

By Jolie Breeden

While many Americans don't perceive themselves at risk from a volcanic eruption, there are nearly 170 active volcanoes in the United States. Recently introduced legislation is aimed and increasing monitoring and awareness of the nation's volcanoes.

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Dam Straight

Recent Events Highlight the Need to Get the Nation’s Dams In Line

By Jolie Breeden

Extreme weather and recent threats to Western dams—including the high-profile failure of the Oroville Dam spillway—are focusing much needed attention on the need to shore up the vast network of dams across the nation.

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Pay It Forward

FEMA Calls for a Deductible to Reduce Disaster Spending

By Jolie Breeden

In between rising costs and more instances of more extreme weather, can federal agencies find a better way to help states after disaster?

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