Welcome back to Disaster Discourse Monthly! In this issue, we discuss how to get involved in the EM world, an analysis of school shootings, and the use of artificial intelligence in pre/post disaster recovery.
After Hurricane Dorian…
While communities begin the slow recovery from Hurricane Dorian, it’s important for those along the coast to continue to prepare. Hagerty Executive Chairman Brock Long spoke on CBS’s Face the Nation
about FEMA’s capacity and the ongoing importance of local hurricane preparedness. Hagerty continues to monitor other tropical storms brewing in the Atlantic at Disaster Discourse.
Investing in mitigation…
Studies have shown that every dollar of mitigation saves six dollars in recovery costs; this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) emphasized the importance of mitigation in their mission when they released the National Mitigation Investment Strategy (NMIS). Additional insight into new mitigation priorities can be found at Disaster Discourse.
Recovery Support for households…
For hurricanes Harvey and Maria, GiveDirectly gave affected, low-income individuals $1,500, no strings attached. Now, Google is partnering with the charity to expand their efforts for this year’s hurricane season, aiming to support 2,400 low-income families in recovery, while also helping GiveDirectly understand how to have the most impact in the recovery process.
AI to the rescue?
Simulations, models, and artificial intelligence can inform disaster preparedness. But can it accurately pinpoint areas where help is most urgently needed? Some solutions may be limited by available data.
Finally, a cure?
After decades, scientists in the Democratic Republic of Congo have invented two experimental treatments that have saved 90 percent of patients newly infected with Ebola.
New to emergency management?
If you’re new to the world of emergency management, looking for a way to grow your knowledge or just want to get involved, this article by Hagerty Senior Managing Associate Nicole Morales is a good introduction to resources for both training and volunteer opportunities.
Analyzing 10 years of school shootings…
Two mass shootings in early August took over 30 lives. This CNN article looks back on 10 years of active threat incidents and analyzes where and why these incidents happen.