Friday, February 26, 2010

DEPICTION - 'What-If' Mapping Software Help for Disasters

UPDATE / 23 Feb 2010

Depiction, Inc. has announced the release of Depiction 1.2—desktop mapping, simulation and collaboration software that anyone can use—and afford. Depiction enables users to imagine, depict and share interactive geospatial scenarios like these and many others.


DEPICTION WEB SITE would like to hear from anybody who has used the Depiction software.



Tuesday, February 23, 2010

World's major cities on shaky ground

In 1800, there was just one city with more than a million people -- Beijing. Now there are 381 urban areas with at least 1 million inhabitants. Urbanization crossed a threshold last year when, for the first time, more people lived in city settings than rural ones.

According to a recent study by seismologist Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado, over 400 million people live in cities that face significant seismic hazard. READ MORE

REPORT: The seismic future of cities, Roger Bilham



Monday, February 22, 2010

Study Calls for More Regional Preparedness

The PNSR study, Recalibrating the System: Toward Efficient and Effective Resourcing of National Preparedness, called upon DHS and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to set up Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Staffs in the national FEMA regions as an extension of the National Preparedness System. READ MORE

Download the report(.pdf)...


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

National Disaster Recovery Framework - Request for Comments

At the President's request, the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Housing and Urban Development are co-chairing a Long-Term Disaster Recovery Working Group composed of the Secretaries and Administrators of more than 20 departments, agencies and offices. This high-level, strategic initiative will provide operational guidance for recovery organizations as well as make suggestions for future improvement.

Read the purpose statement...

The draft of the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) is available for review. The comment period will begin next week when the report is also posted to the Federal Register.

The comment period will run from Feb. 5, 2010 through Feb. 26, 2010.

National Disaster Recovery Framework DRAFT

Comment Form...




Discovery Channel and Science Channel take a closer look at the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti...

Thursday, February 11th at 9PM ET/PT (look for other dates)

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 was the strongest to hit the island in over two centuries. Beginning Thursday, February 11, Discovery Channel and Science Channel explore Haiti in the aftermath of the tragic quake, whether it could have been avoided, and what we can learn scientifically from the tragedy.

On Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 9PM ET/PT, Discovery Channel premieres HAITI'S KILLER QUAKE: WHY IT HAPPENED. The special delves deep into the key questions that scientists are racing to answer: Why did the quake happen now? Could it have been predicted? And when and where might the next "big one" strike?



Friday, February 5, 2010

Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

As mandated by Congress, the White House has delivered the nation's first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), defining homeland security for the first time as including hazards beyond terrorism, in a strategic document intended to drive long-term budget decisions. READ MORE

The QHSR lists five missions, backed by 14 specific goals: preventing terrorism and enhancing security, particularly against chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological threats; securing U.S. borders; enforcing the nation's immigration laws; securing cyberspace; and ensuring resilience to disasters.

Mission 5 is defined as "Ensuring Resilience to Disasters". The strategic aims and objectives for ensuring resilience to disasters are grounded in the four traditional elements of emergency management: hazard mitigation, enhanced preparedness, effective emergency response, and rapid recovery. Together, these elements will help create a Nation that understands the hazards and risks we face, is prepared for disasters, and can withstand and rapidly and effectively recover from the disruptions they cause.

Download report (.pdf)...