Rory O'Neill Leave a comment A US worker stricken with a life-threatening cancer he believes was caused by his use of the pesticide glyphosate is taking its manufacturer, Monsanto, to court. The case of Dewayne Johnson v Monsanto Co is now underway in a San Francisco, California federal court, two-and-a-half years after the lawsuit was filed.
Visioning Disaster Recovery Programs APA has assembled the best one-stop shopping list of mitigation, recovery, and response resources that we could identify among federal agencies and some national nonprofits.
Learn More Model Pre-Event Recovery Ordinance APA has prepared an annotated model pre-event recovery ordinance designed to assist communities in preparing before a hazardous event for better managing the process of recovery after a disaster.
The author of this model ordinance is Kenneth C. We encourage communities to review this model ordinance for possible use as a local disaster management tool. Read the Ordinance Case Studies Sharing stories and experiences is one of the most effective ways to provide answers and identify best practices that help communities become more resilient.
Such stories and experiences are captured in the case studies detailed below. The Cedar River has crested above flood stage at least 94 times sinceand the City of Cedar Falls, Iowa, has been inundated many times.
Read this case study to learn about the variety of mitigation and recovery strategies employed by the city to make the community more resilient. The Hayman Fire was the largest and most devastating wildfire in Colorado's recorded history.
Read this study to learn about the challenges, impacts, and planning efforts associated with this natural disaster. Next Generation PAS The updated manual offers a no-nonsense explanation of the benefits — and limitations — of planning for unpredictable events.
Case studies from big cities and smaller towns show what it takes to come back stronger from a natural disaster. Thousands of copies have circulated nationwide and around the world. There is only one problem, which was inevitable: The information is rapidly becoming outdated.
Between andAPA conducted a variety of conversations with federal officials about the need for completely overhauling this publication to reflect new lessons and circumstances. FEMA agreed to fund such a project, which launched in Octoberand was completed in What are the needs that drove this new project idea forward?
APA laid out nine clear and specific reasons for the project in a needs assessment it shared with federal officials in FEMA and other agencies: Disaster Mitigation Act of The document needs to discuss how this statute and FEMA's implementing regulations have affected planning practice with regard to the use of local and state hazard mitigation plans in the long-term recovery planning process.
The new Framework includes three new emergency support functions that the PAS Report never mentioned because they did not exist then. One of those is clearly central to the relevance of the entire document: Emergency Support Function 14 provides long-term recovery planning as part of the Disaster Field Office's response to presidential declared disasters.
The report describes the functions of FEMA at a time when it was an independent agency, not a part of the Department of Homeland Security.
FEMA's new organizational structure within that department requires considerable revision of those descriptions within the report in order to lead the reader to accurate assumptions about how federal disaster relief is organized today. Even if FEMA is restored to its previous status as an independent federal agency, it will be a much-changed agency in many respects from the one that sponsored the report.
Lessons of Hurricane Katrina.
It is vital that the lessons being learned now, in terms of what works, what does not, and how that might affect future policy, be incorporated into a more timely PAS Report. The most critical issue posed by Hurricane Katrina is whether current policy and planning are adequate to confront recovery needs following a catastrophic rather than more typical major disaster.
Map Modernization and RiskMap. Map Modernization was the first initiative in this direction, and RiskMap is the next stage, applying an all-hazards approach to assist local planning.
Post-disaster recovery and reconstruction need to incorporate an awareness of the use of these new tools. Although Florida had a requirement in its planning legislation a decade ago for the inclusion of a post-storm redevelopment plan in the hazards element of comprehensive plans in coastal counties, it has only in the last two years begun seriously to implement and enforce this provision.
As a result, Florida is currently undertaking a very important public policy experiment with regard to natural hazards, which could provide significant baseline information on best practices and formulas for success.
The existing report contains almost no discussion of climate change because the literature and documentation of the impacts of climate change on planning for post-disaster recovery were virtually nonexistent in the s.
Today we know that, while great uncertainty remains, we can expect major changes potentially to affect the viability of new development that must last up to a half-century and beyond in circumstances that may over time be significantly altered from those prevailing today.
We need to address the additional margin of safety that must be built into reconstruction after disasters in order to ensure the longer-term viability of new development. Emergence of Web-based technology.
In addition to a printed copy that can be readily available in the field, the report should be accessible and downloadable on the Web. This would make it possible to amend the report continuously as required by changes in legislation, regulations, and best practices.2 Submit a Full Proposal.
If the concept paper is accepted, continue with submission of the full proposal using the online application tool. The Full Proposal provides an in depth description of the project, enabling the Foundation to assess the scientific merit and quality of the research.
With a few exceptions, Zambia lacks the capacity to conduct research on natural and human-induced hazards and disasters, or to apply the knowledge and set up technologies to moderate disasters.
Most environmental problems facing Zambia are difficult to solve as they are never-ending, spread/ persistent and excessively affect poor communities. Environmental psychology is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the interplay between individuals and their surroundings. It examines the way in which the natural environment and our built environments shape us as individuals.
The field defines the term environment broadly, encompassing natural environments, social settings, built environments, learning environments, and informational. Environmental contamination by pharmaceuticals is an emerging issue. Until recently, information on medicinal substances released into the environment was .
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