Author Archives: Thomas Frank

Biden’s Pick to Lead FEMA Signals Urgency on Pandemic and Climate Change

Deanne Criswell, an experienced emergency manager, will be the first woman to lead the agency since it was created in 1979

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LGBTQ People Are at Higher Risk in Disasters

A federal report about vulnerability focuses on historically disadvantaged people for the first time

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Disaster Program Allocates Unprecedented Funds for Climate Resilience

Communities will be able to tap into $500 million to mitigate against disasters by, for example, strengthening building codes

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Shelters Stay Empty as Isaias Barrels Up the East Coast

Concerns over COVID-19 have officials urging evacuees to stay with friends and family or at hotels

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With Sea Level Rise, High-tide Flooding Spikes Along U.S. Coasts

Fifteen communities set records for the number of days with such floods last year

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Removing 1 Million Homes from Flood Zones Could Save $1 Trillion

Expanding buyout programs would be more cost-effective than other measures, such as elevating houses or flood-proofing basements

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Homes in U.S. Flood Zones Are Vastly Overvalued

Requirements to disclose flood risk could help discourage development in inundation-prone areas

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Studies Sound Alarm on “Badly Out-of-Date” FEMA Flood Maps

The billions of dollars needed to update the maps would be offset by the flood damage avoided, experts say

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To Encourage Climate Action, Talk Up the Benefits of Adaptation

Rather than emphasizing the harm climate change will cause, promoting the economic benefits of mitigation does more to spur public action

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Rising Seas Soaked Home Owners for $16 Billion over 12 Years

The threat of flooding has driven some buyers away and caused losses in property values

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