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New Government Report: U.S. Tsunami Preparedness

Tsunami Teacher Information and Resource Toolkit

by Anu K. Mittal
Paperback, 39 pages, 20010, $20.00
ISBN: 1437932967

This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. In June 2006, there were a number of concerns about the level of U.S. tsunami preparedness. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) leads U.S. efforts through three key programs: the Tsunami Program, which focuses on detection and warning activities; the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, which is a partnership with federal and state agencies focusing on hazard assessment and mitigation; and TsunamiReady, which is a partnership with at-risk communities focusing on educ. and emergency planning.

This report addresses: (1) the extent to which NOAA developed effective strategic plans for its tsunami programs; and (2) the status of NOAA’s efforts to strengthen and expand the programs and move tsunami research to application.

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March 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Joint Evaluation of the International Response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Joint Evaluation of the International Response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami: Synthesis Report by the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition

by John Telford, John Cosgrave, Rachel Houghton
Paperback, 178 pages, 2006, $45.00
ISBN: 1422312615

This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. The Tsunami Evaluation Coalition (TEC) is an effort by aid agencies to improve humanitarian systems by learning from the response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The TEC is working on 5 thematic evaluations: coordination; needs assessment; impact on local & national capacities; linking relief, rehabilitation, & development; & the international community’s funding response, including an assessment of the role of the media. This is the TEC’s initial report. Illustrations.

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March 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Potential Stafford Act Declarations for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill: Issues for Congress (ISBN: 143793417X)

Potential Stafford Act Declarations for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill: Issues for Congress (ISBN: 143793417X)
By Francis X. McCarthy
(Paperback, 11 pages, 2010, $10)

The Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act presents several options, and could provide a number of programs, to address the Gulf Coast oil spill. An emergency declaration under the Stafford Act would appear a potential approach to the current situation since it is intended to lessen the impact of an imminent disaster.

Contents of this report: (1) The Stafford Act Declaration Process; (2) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Role in the Exxon Valdez Incident; (3) Possible FEMA Involvement in the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Response; (4) Federal Coordination, Mitigation, and Long-Term Recovery; (5) Arguments Regarding a Stafford Act Declaration for the Response; (6) Uncertain Prospects for Recovery of Disaster Relief Fund Expenditures; (7) Federal Options.

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June 24, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress (ISBN: 1437934730)

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress (ISBN: 1437934730)
By Curry L. Hagerty and Jonathan L. Ramseur
(Paperback, 33 pages, 2010, $25)

On April 20, 2010, an explosion and fire occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. This resulted in 11 worker fatalities, a massive oil release, and a national response effort in the Gulf of Mexico region by the federal and state governments as well as British Petroleum (BP).

The bipartisan commission named by President Obama in May to study the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the future of American offshore drilling will hold its first formal meeting in mid-July at the earliest, most likely delaying the delivery of its final report into next year, reports the New York Times.

Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) Setting in the Gulf of Mexico: Oil and Gas Recovery; Weather and Ocean Currents; Biological Resources; (3) Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Technology; (4) Federal Statutory Framework; (5) Federal Regulatory Framework; (6) Environmental and Economic Impacts; (7) Labor Issues; (8) Reorganization of Minerals Management Service (MMS); (9) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Issues; Exxon Valdez; Recent Regional Disaster History; (10) Conclusion. Charts and tables.

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June 21, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment


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