Bloomberg Quint: A New Tool Tracks Flooded Homes Receiving Taxpayer Money

Bloomberg Quint: A New Tool Tracks Flooded Homes Receiving Taxpayer Money. “Passaic County in New Jersey is not in the hurricane belt nor is it on the banks of a major river, and yet 810 properties there received $170 million of taxpayer money through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) since 1968. These are homes that flooded over and over again; on average, each has made seven separate flood claims over the years. That finding comes from a newly released tracking tool by the Natural Resources Defense Council, making public for the first time a data set of all Severe Repetitive Loss Properties (SRLP) across the nation by county.”

Route Fifty: Parts of Iowa Still Reeling From Powerful Storms, as State Battles Rise in Coronavirus

Route Fifty: Parts of Iowa Still Reeling From Powerful Storms, as State Battles Rise in Coronavirus. “When a powerful line of thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds, known as a derecho, tore through a swath of Iowa on Aug. 10, Lance Lillibridge’s 1,500-acre farm was spared from the worst of the damage. But his neighbors two or three miles to the south were not as lucky. And even three weeks after the storm, the scene Lillibridge described in the area was grim one.”

University of Southern California: USC Researchers Develop Tool to Aid Businesses Struggling with Disasters

University of Southern California: USC Researchers Develop Tool to Aid Businesses Struggling with Disasters. “The Business Resilience Calculator (BRC) is a tool designed to help businesses minimize losses during uncertain times. The calculator was developed through a joint partnership by researchers at the University of Southern California, and The Ohio State University through the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI). It empowers users to make cost-effective resilience investments to reduce losses during business interruptions. A pre-release version of the tool is being offered for free to help provide relief to businesses affected by COVID-19.”

Innovation in post-disaster data collection: From the Caribbean to the world (ReliefWeb)

ReliefWeb: Innovation in post-disaster data collection: From the Caribbean to the world. “Responding and rebuilding first requires data on what has been damaged or destroyed, and where. In the past, data collection was a laborious paper-based process that took months or years. After Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused massive destruction in the region in 2017, UNDP and partners launched a new tool to do such assessments in a matter of days. (UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Multi-County Office partnered with WFP, UNICEF, PAHO/WHO and UN Women.) The tool is a mobile app called HBDA, or Household and Building Damage Assessment. It works on a smartphone or tablet.”

Phys .org: Global economic stability could be difficult to recover in the wake of the COVID-19, finds study

Phys .org: Global economic stability could be difficult to recover in the wake of the COVID-19, finds study. “Analysis from the University of Surrey suggests that the economies of countries such as America, the United Kingdom and Germany should prepare for a long slow recovery with prolonged periods of instability.”

News@Northeastern: Reopening After The Covid-19 Shutdown? This Course Can Help.

News@Northeastern: Reopening After The Covid-19 Shutdown? This Course Can Help.. “Government leaders are calling for the economy to reopen. What does that mean for businesses that have been struggling to survive during the COVID-19 shutdowns? A new online course offers a free step-by-step guide to help owners of small and medium-sized businesses create and navigate a recovery plan. COVID-19: A Practical Approach to Enterprise Restart & Recovery Planning, created by Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute in consultation with the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, can be applied to organizations other than businesses, including medical and educational facilities, churches, and non-governmental organizations that must not only bounce back from the lockdown but also adapt to new public-health regulations and limitations.”

Phys .org: Citizen scientists get snappy to monitor bushfire-ravaged environment

Phys .org: Citizen scientists get snappy to monitor bushfire-ravaged environment. “UNSW Sydney researchers are urging citizen scientists to use their mobile phones for a good cause: to monitor the recovery of bushfire-affected plants and animals for the Environment Recovery Project which will inform future research.”

Gothamist: Museum Of Chinese In America Archives “Very Much Salvageable” After Fire

Gothamist: Museum Of Chinese In America Archives “Very Much Salvageable” After Fire. “The archives of the Museum of Chinese in America may be in better shape than feared, after a five-alarm fire destroyed part of the Chinatown building where they were kept. City workers began the process of recovering the museum’s boxes from the building at 70 Mulberry Street on Wednesday.”

Google News Pilipinas: University of the Philippines opens portal on Taal Volcano data, 1st in Asia to offer public access

Good News Pilipinas: University of the Philippines opens portal on Taal Volcano data, 1st in Asia to offer public access. “The Taal Volcano LiDAR datasets were derived through the use of airborne systems mounted on an airplane. The output of the LiDAR sensor is a 3D point cloud containing points that were scanned. The LiDAR technology was able to generate maps with resolution of up to 1×1 meter which can be used for planning and reconstruction of areas damaged by the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas on January 12, 2020. The Taal Volcano mapping is free and downloadable by anyone with internet access and by most modern GIS software.”

Nature: Can tracking people through phone-call data improve lives?

Nature: Can tracking people through phone-call data improve lives?. “After an earthquake tore through Haiti in 2010, killing more than 100,000 people, aid agencies spread across the country to work out where the survivors had fled. But Linus Bengtsson, a graduate student studying global health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, thought he could answer the question from afar. Many Haitians would be using their mobile phones, he reasoned, and those calls would pass through phone towers, which could allow researchers to approximate people’s locations.”

Ars Technica: Mapping Notre Dame’s unique sound will be a boon to reconstruction efforts

Ars Technica: Mapping Notre Dame’s unique sound will be a boon to reconstruction efforts. “The acoustics of the cathedral—how it sounds—are also part of its cultural heritage, and given the ephemeral nature of sound, acoustical characteristics can be far trickier to preserve or reproduce. Fortunately, a group of French acousticians made detailed measurements of Notre Dame’s ‘soundscape’ over the last few years, along with two other cathedrals. That data will now be instrumental in helping architects factor acoustics into their reconstruction plans.”

KTIC: Gov. Ricketts Unveils New “Nebraska Strong” Relief Website

KTIC: Gov. Ricketts Unveils New “Nebraska Strong” Relief Website. “On the website, Nebraskans who need relief can log requests for items ranging from housing to tools. Requests will then be reviewed by the Nebraska Preparedness Partnership before being posted. After they are reviewed, they will then be available for fulfillment by members of the public.” The article also includes phone numbers for specific needs – farmers who need feed stuffs, a general questions hotline, etc.

The Art Newspaper: Rain threatens recovery effort at Brazil’s National Museum

The Art Newspaper: Rain threatens recovery effort at Brazil’s National Museum. “As months of seasonal rain descend on Rio de Janeiro, researchers working in the rubble of the gutted National Museum fear that the dampness could imperil salvaging efforts after September’s devastating fire. ‘There is rain and heat soon after, which is not good at all’ for the objects, the researcher Cláudia Carvalho told Globo earlier this month. Ceramics, metallic objects and meteorites are particularly vulnerable, she adds.”

California fires: how we’re providing aid and ways you can help (Google Blog)

Google Blog: California fires: how we’re providing aid and ways you can help. “Over the last week, three wildfires have devastated communities in California, and there’s been a tremendous effort—on the part of firefighters, first responders, local officials and NGOs—to contain the flames and help thousands of displaced families. Since the start of the fires, we’ve deployed resources to help those affected in our own backyard. Here’s a bit more on that, and how you can help.”