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Posts Tagged ‘Disaster’

The Oroville Dam Spillway Incident

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
Oroville Dam Spillway Incident: Dam Spillway after incident

While some repair work is moving forward at Oroville, significant issues remain to be addressed. This incident is a wake-up call for action on several fronts at this facility and thousands of other high-hazard dams in the United States to ensure a safe and reliable water system that protects communities and the rivers that flow through them. A warming climate with changing precipitation patterns underscores the urgency.

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Catastrophe Bonds for Resilient Infrastructure Projects

Thursday, December 31st, 2015
Natural catastrophe losses: Insured vs uninsured losses, 1975-2014

Investing in resilience is complicated. Like healthcare, there are multiple strategies that can and should be combined to improve overall health. For example, there are things you can do regularly to ward off risks (preventative care), other options to address acute conditions (treatment or medical intervention), and finally actions you can take to ensure that illness doesn’t bankrupt you or those who depend on you (health and life insurance)…Strategies to protect communities from disasters follow a similar pattern. Projects to increase resilience—infrastructure upgrades or new protections—are designed to reduce the physical risks of damages. Once prevention is no longer an option, disaster response and recovery measures, including disaster aid and reconstruction funds, are designed to help the system recover and rebound back to health more quickly.

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Nuclear Power: State-Level Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

A survey of state health departments related to radiation readiness was undertaken in 2010 by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). States with nuclear power plants were instructed to consider their responses exclusive of capabilities and resources related to the plants given that the emergency response plans for nuclear power plants are specific and unique….Overall results of this assessment indicate that in most measures of public health capacity and capability, states are poorly prepared to adequately respond to a major radiation emergency event. Specific recommendations are noted in the discussion.

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Another awful reminder: Iowa Dam Collapse

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The 2009 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card grade for dams nationally was a “D,” and identified 31 dams in Iowa  in need of repairs to meet minimum standards.  The Lake Delhi dam failure destroyed acres of farmland, hundreds of homes and businesses — yet another example of the consequences of neglecting infrastructure.  Fortunately, this time there […]

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