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Zurich North America and the Wharton Risk Center’s recently released white paper for the Hurricane Katrina 10-year observance, Beyond Katrina: Lessons In Creating Resilient Communities. The paper discusses resilience strategies put in place since Hurricane Katrina, and offers several solutions to help create better prepared communities going forward.

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The field study team is taking its impact disdrometers from the road and installing them in fixed locations throughout west Texas as part of a collaboration with Texas Tech University’s West Texas Mesonet.
The collaboration is a key development in the growth of the hail research program at IBHS, as the fixed locations will significantly increase the amount of data the team is able to record.

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At least 24 structures were reduced to ashes when the so-called Sleepy Hollow Fire started as a brush fire in central Washington on Sunday afternoon and quickly spread due to hot and dry conditions, underscoring the harsh realities of how quickly a fire can spread and threaten properties this time of the year.

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The USGS recently released a new earthquake forecast for California, which found the state is nearly certain to experience an earthquake as strong as the 1994 Northridge Earthquake during the next 30 years. The forecast also increased the risk for a mega-earthquake, in the state during the same time period. The new report identifies the southern San Andreas Fault as the greatest threat for earthquake activity of any region in California.

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Part Two: Current IBHS Disaster Resilience Programs As discussed in yesterday’s blog post, the President’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Task Force released a series of recommendations earlier this week that offer guidance on how the federal government should modernize programs and policies to incorporate climate preparedness, incentivize... Continue Reading
Part Three: IBHS major proponent of creating more resilient communities As discussed in the blog posts over the past several days, the President’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Task Force released a series of recommendations earlier this week that offer guidance on how the federal government should modernize programs... Continue Reading
Part One: IBHS major proponent of creating more resilient communities The President’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience released a series of recommendations yesterday that offer guidance on how the federal government should modernize programs and policies to incorporate climate preparedness, incentivize and remove barriers to community resilience, and provide... Continue Reading