Disaster Preparedness


DisasterMap.net’s Analysis of the National Levee Database and 2010 Census

Introduction Our nation depends on levees and floodwalls to protect our communities, our homes, and our vital economic assets. America has nearly 15,000 floodwalls and almost 22,000 levees, according to our interpretation of a database maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. These structures protect over 85,000 sq. miles that include 1,800 named Census places…


How a Low-Income San Francisco Neighborhood Is Building a Culture of Disaster Preparedness, with lessons from New Orleans ~Justin Gerdes, Atlantic Cities

My original quote in the masthead upper left used to read: “These days, it is only through disasters, be they natural or man-made, that Americans may know any sort of cultural cohesion.” This concept came to me soon after the Federal Flood of New Orleans 8-29-05, when the Army Corps of Engineers levees and flood-walls…


Thoughts on the Building Resilience Workshop V ~Ezra Boyd, PhD

Last week, the Building Resilience Workshop V brought together residents, community activists, NGOs, scientists, planners, and policymakers with an interest in building the resiliency of Louisiana’s coastal population.  Held for two days at the Lindy Boggs Conference Center, this year’s workshop examined the theme of “Communities on the Edge”.  While focusing on the dilemma of…