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QUICK-TIP: Using Google Earth to View FIRMs

Need to quickly check to see which flood zone a property is in? Have Google Earth installed on your computer (it’s free, though you may need administrative rights to install it on your computer)? FEMA…

Updated FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning Training

Related to yesterday’s post, FEMA is now offering an updated 12 hour on-line training for hazard mitigation planning. The goals of IS-318, Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities (also referred to as Hazard Mitigation…

FEMA Updates Guide for Retrofitting Residential Structures

An update to a handy manual: the word from FEMA: The third edition of this document is intended to further aid homeowners in selecting and successfully executing a flood retrofit on their home. Engineering design…

Best Practices for Coastal Louisiana Manual not just for Louisiana

The Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) recently released the Best Practices Manual for Development in Coastal Louisiana website. What’s novel about this site is that it provides…

Fast, Perfect, and Cheap Disaster Response

“The federal government is a support role. So if you think FEMA responds to disasters or that we’re in charge, first of all, we’re never in charge, we’re always in support, and and we work…

NOAA Releases New Storm Surge Brochure

NOAA’s National Hurricane Center Storm Surge Unit has put together a new brochure explaining the what storm surge is and how to best measure it. There’s nothing here on how to prevent losses, but the…

Welcome, New Hampshire StormSmart Coasts!

We at StormSmart Coasts are thrilled to announce that, thanks to a lot of work by our Granite State partners, the New Hampshire StormSmart Coasts site is now live: our eighth StormSmart state! You can…

Animated Map of Extreme Weather Events

Just an animated map showing last year’s extreme weather events around the country. Amusing if you don’t think about it. Very worrisome if you do. Extreme Weather Map

Making Insurance Seem Smarter

Pretty clever marketing: FloodSmart.gov should do something like this for floods and flood insurance. Note, this requires FLASH and a decent Internet connection (or a lot of patience). Happy Friday, everybody. chaosinyourtown.com

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