Biden Visits Storm-Battered Texas and Vows Federal Help ‘For the Long Haul’

The overwhelming nature of grief has been the unofficial theme this week for a White House confronted with a disaster in the nation’s second largest state amid a pandemic.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #houston-tex, #texas, #turner-sylvester, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Storm Victims Didn’t Bring It on Themselves

Disasters call for compassion and action, not sniping on social media.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #portland-ore, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #southern-states-us, #texas, #weather

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Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nuclear-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #texas, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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New U.S. Strategy Would Quickly Free Billions in Climate Funds

Emergency management officials aim to funnel up to $10 billion into preventing climate disasters. The plan “would dwarf all previous grant programs of its kind,” one analyst said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Disaster Costs Doubled in 2020, Reflecting Costs of Climate Change

The $95 billion in damage came in a year marked by a record number of named Atlantic storms, as well as the largest wildfires recorded in California.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #insurance, #munich-re, #wildfires

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The Climate Desk Looks Ahead to 2021

After a year when climate-related disasters seemed to become the norm, the team will be monitoring a 2021 that is pivotal for the world.

#air-pollution, #australia, #california, #content-type-service, #disasters-and-emergencies, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #methane, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #presidential-transition-us, #solar-energy, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather, #wildfires, #wind-power

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How Parents Can Tame the Stress of Climate Crises

When pandemic parenting is topped off by wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme events, some stress-relieving measures are particularly suited to getting through the challenges.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #families-and-family-life, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists, #wildfires

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A Typhoon Spared the Philippine Capital. Will Manila Be So Lucky Next Time?

With climate change heightening the Philippines’ risk of natural disaster, the country is braced for the next catastrophe.

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Zeta Is Forecast to Bring Life-Threatening Storm Surge to Louisiana

The storm, which was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, is expected to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon. Preparations across the state have already begun.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricane-zeta, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la, #rain, #weather, #wind

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Landslide in Vietnam Kills at Least 20 Military Personnel

Search-and-rescue efforts were underway after a landslide in the central province of Quang Tri, resulting in what may be the country’s greatest military loss in peacetime.

#deaths-fatalities, #disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #landslides-and-mudslides, #rain, #vietnam

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Trump Administration Rejects California’s Request for Wildfire Relief

The state had asked last month for federal aid to help recover from six of this year’s fires, including the Creek Fire, which is among the most destructive in state history.

#cal-fire, #california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fresno-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #mendocino-calif, #newsom-gavin, #recession-and-depression, #san-bernardino-calif, #san-diego-calif, #trump-donald-j, #wildfires

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Facing Disaster After Disaster, the American Red Cross C.E.O. Stays Optimistic

“I really believe when we’re all set free from captivity, we are going to be so happy and kind to each other,” Gail McGovern says.

#american-red-cross, #blood-donation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mcgovern-gail-j, #wildfires

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Hurricane Delta Heads Toward Louisiana

Schools have been closed and several parishes are under either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #edwards-john-bel-1966, #hurricane-delta, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #mississippi, #national-hurricane-center, #weather, #wind

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Fires and Storms Push Demand for Emergency Shelter to a New High

The Red Cross has provided more nights of shelter to Americans this year than at any point on record, a sign of the widening human toll of climate change.

#american-red-cross, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

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Pakistan’s Most Terrifying Adversary Is Climate Change

The country debates women’s honor inexhaustibly but pays little attention to the ferocious and imminent dangers of climate disasters.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #food-insecurity, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #himalayas, #karachi-pakistan, #pakistan, #world-bank

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Some in Oregon Wildfires’ Path Never Got Evacuation Alerts

Technological advancements have helped people get information about when to leave and where to go. But some never got the alerts and had to search social media for vital information.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #security-and-warning-systems, #wildfires

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I Am Not a Housewife. I’m a Prepper.

Survivalism can be less about guns and ammo, and more about homemaking and community resilience.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #doomsday, #feminism, #motherhood

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How I Found My Inner Prepper Mom

Survivalism can be less about guns and ammo, and more about homemaking and community resilience.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #doomsday, #feminism, #motherhood

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Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial.

The Times spoke to two dozen experts who said decisions made now would spell the difference between a difficult future and something far worse.

#carbon-dioxide, #disasters-and-emergencies, #earth, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #weather, #wildfires

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After Fire and Floods, Glimmers of Hope

Americans may be finding some common sense about building homes in vulnerable areas.

#building-construction, #coast-erosion, #disasters-and-emergencies, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #wildfires

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How to Pack an Emergency Bag

The first step toward a solid evacuation plan is pulling together all the gear you need, before you need it.

#content-type-service, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #humanitarian-aid, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #university-of-delaware, #wildfires

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California, the Most Calamitous Place on Earth

Drought, flood, wildfire, mudslide, earthquake — it’s a hell of a way to run through the seasons.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #paradise-calif, #wildfires

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In Visiting a Charred California, Trump Confronts a Scientific Reality He Denies

A president who has mocked climate change and pushed policies that accelerate it is set to be briefed on the scorched earth and ash-filled skies that experts say are the predictable result.

#air-pollution, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #carbon-dioxide, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #science-and-technology, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

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At U.S.A.I.D., Juggling Political Priorities and Pandemic Response

Aggressive oversight of the aid agency by political appointees at the White House and the State Department has delayed humanitarian aid when the world needs it most.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barsa-john, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-budget-us, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela, #ventilators-medical, #xinjiang-china

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As Fires Disrupt Schools, ‘the Pandemic Has Actually Helped’

After wildfires consumed an entire town, students and teachers who had planned for remote classes found some comfort in staying connected amid the chaos.

#butte-county-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #darling-hammond-linda, #disasters-and-emergencies, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #paradise-calif, #sonoma-county-calif, #wildfires

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17 Dead and Dozens Missing in Vast Western Wildfires

In Oregon, where more than 1 million acres have burned, fires have destroyed entire towns and forced 40,000 residents to evacuate.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: 500,000 Under Evacuation Orders in Oregon

The mayor of Portland declared a state of emergency as fires burned toward the city. California and Washington State are battling growing fires, too.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #portland-ore, #washington-state, #wildfires

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I Need You to Care That Our Country Is on Fire

Would you feel more urgency about climate change if all you could see was smoke?

#disasters-and-emergencies, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

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Americans Back Tough Limits on Building in Fire and Flood Zones

A majority support outright bans on construction in disaster-prone areas, as well as paying people to move, researchers say — policies that local governments have been reluctant to adopt.

#building-construction, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions

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Wildfires Hasten Another Climate Crisis: Homeowners Who Can’t Get Insurance

Insurers, facing huge losses, have been pulling back from fire-prone areas across California. “The marketplace has largely collapsed,” an advocate for counties in the state said.

#california, #consumer-protection, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #insurance, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #wildfires

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U.S. Flood Strategy Shifts to ‘Unavoidable’ Relocation of Entire Neighborhoods

Using tax dollars to move whole communities out of flood zones, an idea long dismissed as radical, is swiftly becoming policy, marking a new and more disruptive phase of climate change.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #disasters-and-emergencies, #eminent-domain, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Marco Nears Louisiana as Laura Rakes Cuba: Live Updates

Damaging storms on converging tracks threaten to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast in quick succession after plowing through the Caribbean.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #tropical-storm-laura, #tropical-storm-marco, #weather

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Reeling From a Storm, Iowans Worry They Have Been Forgotten

In Cedar Rapids, where President Trump stopped briefly on Tuesday, thousands of people are unable to return to their homes after devastating winds tore through the state.

#cedar-rapids-iowa, #disasters-and-emergencies, #iowa, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #trump-donald-j, #wind

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Hurricane, Fire, Covid-19: Disasters Expose the Hard Reality of Climate Change

Twin emergencies on two coasts this week — Hurricane Isaias and the Apple Fire — offer a preview of life in a warming world and the steady danger of overlapping disasters.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #east-coast-us, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

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How José Andrés Faces the Challenge of Feeding Millions

“Sometimes very big problems, they have very simple solutions.”

#andres-jose-1969, #chefs, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #restaurants, #world-central-kitchen

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Your Climate Disaster Tax Bill Is Growing

The federal government’s spending on calamities related to global warming is a rapidly rising fiscal threat.

#blackrock-inc, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #federal-national-mortgage-assn-fannie-mae, #flood-insurance, #floods, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #moodys-investors-service-inc, #national-debt-us, #national-flood-insurance-program, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #taxation, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #weather, #wildfires

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Tsunami or Ripple? The Pandemic’s Mental Toll Is an Open Question

Some health officials have forecast a steep rise in new mental health disorders. Others say the impact isn’t likely to last.

#antidepressants, #anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emotions, #journal-of-the-american-medical-assn, #kaiser-family-foundation, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #olfson-mark-1958, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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States Warn That Virus May Doom Climate Projects

A billion-dollar program to protect cities from climate change is at risk of failing because the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #infrastructure-public-works

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The Michigan Dam Failures Are a Warning

Many need repairs. Let’s fix them before climate-related flooding gets worse.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #great-lakes, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #rain, #trump-donald-j, #whitmer-gretchen

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They Evoke Darth Vader, but These Masks May Save Your Doctor’s Life

With medical masks in short supply, several hospitals have turned to industrial models. They get rave reviews and are allowed by the F.D.A., but the Trump administration has no plans to encourage distribution or production.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #epidemics, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hospitals, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #stockpiling

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What a Week’s Disasters Tell Us About Climate and the Pandemic

Extreme weather presents an even bigger threat when economies are crashing and ordinary people are stretched to their limits.

#bangladesh, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyclone-amphan, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #famine, #floods, #global-warming

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Virus Crisis Exposes Cascading Weaknesses in U.S. Disaster Response

Nonprofits are sending fewer volunteers. Local emergency managers risk being overwhelmed. FEMA is trying “virtual” assistance. And hurricane season starts June 1.

#american-red-cross, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #habitat-for-humanity, #nonprofit-organizations, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Genie Chance and the Great Alaska Earthquake

This is the story of the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America — and the voice that held Anchorage together in the aftermath.

#alaska, #anchorage-alaska, #disasters-and-emergencies, #earthquakes, #mooallem-jon, #north-america

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Is the Pandemic Sparking Suicide?

Psychiatrists are confronted with an urgent natural experiment, and the outcome is far from predictable.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #disasters-and-emergencies, #epidemics, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #nock-matthew-k, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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‘It Could Happen Anytime’: Scientists Warn of Alaska Tsunami Threat

A retreating glacier is increasing the risk of a catastrophic landslide and tsunami within a few decades, researchers say.

#alaska, #disasters-and-emergencies, #earthquakes, #environment, #global-warming, #tidal-waves-and-tsunamis

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As Hunger Spreads With Coronavirus Pandemic, Government Takes Timid Steps

The Trump administration has taken some steps to address spreading hunger during the economic crisis, but it has shied away from expanding programs that could provide more immediate relief.

#agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #quarantines, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Politicians Aren’t Ready for Disasters Like the Coronavirus

Preparing for the worst saves lives and money, but voters are more likely to reward relief after the fact than they are careful planning.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #homeland-security-department, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical

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Why New Orleans Pushed Ahead With Mardi Gras, Even as It Planned for Coronavirus

A cache of internal emails reveals city officials believed chances were “low” that the festivities would help spread the virus, a prediction that proved tragically off base.

#cantrell-latoya, #carnival-pre-lenten, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #edwards-john-bel-1966, #mardi-gras, #new-orleans-la, #united-states

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Japan Declared a Coronavirus Emergency. Is It Too Late?

Some medical experts said the move amounted to a tacit admission that the approach the country had adopted for months was no longer working.

#abe-shinzo, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #japan, #quarantines, #telecommuting

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Defense Production Act Has Been Used Routinely, but Not With Coronavirus

The Defense Production Act has been invoked hundreds of thousands of times in the Trump years. But with the pandemic, the president sees it as a “break the glass” last resort.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #defense-production-act, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #general-motors, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #law-and-legislation, #medical-devices, #nationalization-of-industry, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #stockpiling, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical

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