7 Degrees of Perspiration

A July environmental impact study released by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has predicted that Earth’s temperature will rise by seven degrees Fahrenheit (four degrees Celsius) by the year 2100. Scientists have warned that a temperature rise of this nature will patently have detrimental effects on the planet. Some suggest that certain sections of New York and Florida will be underwater by the end of the century if we continue on our current path. However, the purpose of the statement was not to demonstrate the dangers of global warming. Conversely, it was done to excuse a new and harmful policy passed by the Trump administration.

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The Implications of Post-Disaster Deaths and Misinformation

In advance of Hurricane Florence––a storm that has led to the deaths of 37 people as of September 20––President Donald Trump fired out a barrage of tweets addressing hurricane deaths. However, the tweets didn’t pertain to impending risk from Hurricane Florence nor did they provide guidance to the millions preparing to face the massive storm. Instead, they were about the death toll in Puerto Rico resulting from last year’s Hurricane Maria and the doubt that the toll has cast on his responsibility as president.

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Why FEMA Can't Tackle Disaster Alone

Most everyone knows that 2017 was an eventful year for storms. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria all took place within a 26-day span and were each incredibly destructive. FEMA, also known as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, sent out tens of thousands of workers to try to help affected communities recover from the devastating aftermath of the storms. Recently, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that FEMA was stretched so thin during last year’s storms that they decided to send a number of unqualified workers into the field.

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Are Americans Adapting to Heat?

 According to the National Weather Service, heat is the most fatal form of extreme weather in the United States. Furthermore, 2018 has been a year of record-setting heat across the country. Because of this, it would make perfect sense that the number heat-related deaths would be high this year. However, it turns out that this is not actually the case. The big question here is, why?

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Peak Tornado Season Is Casualty-Free

For the first time since 2005, May and June have passed without a single death resulting from a tornado. This is unusual because these months are considered to be peak tornado season. In fact, 2018 is only the second year on record with no tornado related deaths during these months. Because of only three tornado-related deaths the entire year, projections estimate that this could be the safest year for tornadoes on record.

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FEMA’s New Strategic Plan: My Thoughts

If, like me, you’ve been to any emergency management conferences lately, you’ve heard much about the recently released FEMA Strategic Plan. The new agency leadership is on-message regarding the Plan, ensuring it is the organizing structure of all presentations - from the National Hurricane Conference, to Getting it Right, to National Homeland Security Conference, and every smaller meeting in between. Having heard it pitched so often, I’ve been thinking a lot about it. Maybe you have too.

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Colorado Conflagration

On June 1st, 2018, the massive “416 Fire” started in forests just north of Durango, Colorado. So far, no homes have burned down and no firefighters have been injured. However, the longer-term impacts of the fire could generate indirect effects that may pose a threat to the citizens of Colorado.

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