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Hot Topics – Hurricanes & Natural Disasters
Hurricane Season Poses Risk to 35 Million+ Residents in Coastal U.S. Cities
Approximately 12 percent of the population lives in areas with the potential for hurricanes
Hurricane Ike Wreaks Havoc on Galveston, Houston Area Schools
Extensive damage leads to indefinite closures for area schools, affecting hundreds of thousands of area students
Miami-Dade Prepares Residents for Hurricane Season
Miami residents are reminded that preparedness is the best defense against any natural disaster.
Katrina – Two Years Later: Recovery in New Orleans Continues
New Orleans has bounced back, but the area may have reached an economic plateau, also marked by shifts in local demographics. See sidebar article for info on New Orleans’ changing socio-economic makeup.
Watchdog Group Finds New Orleans Unified Plan Lacking
Citing a need for a more practical and concrete recovery strategy for the City of New Orleans, the Bureau of Government Research recommends that the City Planning Commission take control of the planning process.
Houston One of Top Three Ports to Receive Federal Funding for Increased Security
The Houston area will receive $15.7 million in federal funds to help increase security at local ports. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has tagged $445 million in grants for “infrastructure protection initiatives” by state and local...
GulfGov Study Finds “Hurricane Economies” Among the Effects of Katrina and Rita – One Year Later
The Rockefeller Institute has published a comprehensive report on the fiscal impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita – one year after the storms hit the Gulf Coast.
Disaster Preparedness: Still Room for Improvement
While cities across the country have worked to enhance disaster preparedness and emergency response plans, overall confidence levels leave room for improvement, according to a new survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Web Chat to Focus on Disaster Prepardness and Recovery
How can local officials prepare their communities for potential disasters – like hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and floods? Disaster preparedness and recovery plans will be the topic of an upcoming web chat hosted by National City Network.