Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

On October 5, 2018, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) was signed into law, after passing the House by a vote of 398 to 23 and the Senate 93 to 6. As evidenced by its margin of support in Congress, the DRRA enjoys broad bipartisan backing. Likewise, the emergency management community, government officials, and proponents […]

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Sydney is a managing associate at Hagerty Consulting, Inc. She has worked with the Preparedness Division in Washington, D.C. since April 2018. Sydney is a hazard mitigation and floodplain management expert. Before joining Hagerty, Sydney supported FEMA and local and state governments with disaster recovery and mitigation planning. What originally sparked your interest in emergency […]

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The NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported on Friday that Michael weakened to a post tropical cyclone that has moved into the Atlantic and away from the U.S. coastline. While the storm has now passed, the effects of Michael have been catastrophic for many communities in the Southeast. Michael has left some communities “flattened,” particularly […]

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Downgraded to a Tropical Storm, Michael has moved through Georgia overnight and continues to move on its northeast trajectory along the Carolinas . The National Hurricane Center (NHC) anticipates wind speeds to continue up to 40mph in some areas and heavy rainfall that could bring life-threatening flash flooding. Even as Michael’s strength weakens, the NHC […]

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According to the latest reports from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the eyewall of the Hurricane Michael is currently moving on shore, making its first landfall at the Florida Panhandle as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm. This is historic since no Category 4 hurricane has ever made landfall at the Florida Panhandle. Early this […]

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Arising later in this year’s Atlantic Hurricane season, which runs from June 1 – November 30, Hurricane Michael is quickly approaching the Gulf Region. The storm strengthened into a hurricane on Monday and according to the latest updates from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Michael has intensified to a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. […]

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A successful cyber attack can carry significant costs for the affected organization. On average, it takes 50 days to resolve a malicious insider attack and 23 days to resolve a ransomware attack. Though the cost of an attack depends on the organization size, type of attack, and scope of damage, the combined annual cost is […]

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The challenge of succinctly predicting and modeling the cascading impacts of disasters on critical infrastructure was highlighted this year when Hagerty Consulting, Inc. (Hagerty) supported a nationally-funded exercise in the Washington metropolitan area which examined the ability of all levels of government, private industry, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to protect against, respond to, and recover […]

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In a time when metropolitan areas contain distinct urban and rural communities, is it possible to effectively plan for the emergency preparedness of the entire population? The challenge lies in consolidating histories, needs and perspectives into a unified vision. This week’s National Preparedness Month blog post will explore how Hagerty Consulting (Hagerty) is supporting two […]

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