Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

On July 13, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the awardees of the FY 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA) Grant Program. As we discussed in a previous post, in late 2016 FEMA announced the new CCTA Grant Program. The CCTA Grant Program was designed to provide up to $35.94 million of […]

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  Helping communities prepare for and recover from disasters requires communicating complex concepts and ideas clearly and concisely. Our consultants have supported communities across the nation, and our consultants are supported by an Operations Team that works out of our Evanston, Illinois headquarters. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the School of the Art Institute […]

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Is the Disaster Deductible the Right Choice for States? A Conversation with Alisha Powell, Program Director at the National Governors Association

As the United States has seen an increase in the frequency and costs of disasters, there has been considerable pressure from Congress and government oversight entities including the Government Accountability Office to identify ways to reduce federal expenses associated with disaster response and recovery efforts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) recently proposed Public Assistance […]

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The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins: NOAA Forecasts Above Average Hurricane Activity in 2017

June 1st marked the official beginning of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. After multiple years of El Niño depressing overall hurricane activity, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting ‘above-normal’ activity for 2017. NOAA’s current estimate includes an upper bound estimate of 17 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes. The season […]

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Siobhan Mullen, Hagerty Consulting’s Cyber Practice Lead, recently presented at the Maryland Emergency Management Association (MEMA) Homeland Security and Emergency Management Symposium in Ocean City, Maryland. Her presentation, Cyber Security for Emergency Managers, explored case studies of cyber incidents which result in physical impacts to critical infrastructure and systems. These case studies underscored the critical […]

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Social Media and the Manchester Arena Attack Response

Social media plays an important role in the immediate response to active threat events, including the May 22, 2017 attack on the Manchester Arena.  Social media provided valuable information to first responders, investigators, witnesses, and the public.   For example, information on social media provided helpful information for individuals seeking a safe location to shelter or a […]

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Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes an infrastructure report card. Much like a school report card, the intent is to motivate recipients to take action. Twenty-eight civil engineers review relevant data and reports and consult with technical and industry experts to assign grades to 16 categories of infrastructure, nationwide. The […]

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Kyle McPhee, Hagerty Consulting’s Director of Preparedness Programs, was recently featured in Voices of the Governing Institute sharing his views on how communities can better prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from an active shooter attack. You can read the article here. Voices is curated by the Governing Institute, which seeks out practitioners and observers whose […]

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A few months ago, I wrote an article for Hagerty Consulting’s Disaster Discourse on key considerations when designing and implementing preparedness activities against a Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack (CCTA). In dynamic active threat events like those that took place in Mumbai (2008), Paris (2015), and Brussels (2016), command and control approaches of several incident locations […]

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On Thursday April 6, 2017, the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorological Project  released their Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane and Landfall Strike Probability for 2017. According to the forecast a total of 11 named storms, four hurricanes, and two major hurricanes (hurricanes that register above Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale) are expected this […]

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