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National Institute of Building Sciences Issues New Report on the Value of Mitigation

Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report, more than a decade after releasing its original report on the same topic and only days after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared 2017 the costliest year on record for weather and climate disasters.

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National Institute of Building Sciences Issues Second Report on the Value of Mitigation

Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued its latest report in a multi-year study on natural hazard mitigation. The second in a series of interim results, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure examines the potential benefits associated with investing in mitigation for select utility and transportation infrastructure.

Natural hazards present significant risks to many communities across the United States. Fortunately, there are measures governments, building owners, developers, tenants and others can take to reduce the impacts of such events. These measures—commonly called mitigation—can result in significant savings in terms of safety, and prevent property loss and disruption of day-to-day life.

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Resilience 2021: The Shift from Relief and Response to Hazard Mitigation

Dec 4, 2021   |   7:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Mitigation is the sustained action that reduces or eliminates long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects. Over the last decade, the United States has seen a shift in emergency management from relief and response to reducing hazard risk. Key points in this effort are building resilient communities and creating community-based disaster management plans.

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Resilience 2021: What’s in Store for 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season?

Will this year’s hurricane season be a record breaker?

Meteorologists from Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science anticipate a highly active season, predicting 17 named storms and eight hurricanes—four of which they predict will be Category 3 or higher.

The Weather Channel’s prediction is slightly different with 18 named storms and eight hurricanes—three of which it expects will be Category 3 or higher.

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The National Institute of Building Sciences is collecting feedback for the development of a new hazard mitigation resource portal called TurboGrants.

TurboGrants aims to help jurisdictions jump-start mitigation projects and improve applicants’ capacity to apply for federal grants.

This portal could help mitigation grants applicants by answering what federal funds are the best fit for community-selected mitigation projects; providing program requirements, limits, and timelines; linking to agency programs; and providing precedent on similar projects in other communities.

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How to Tackle Home Restoration Projects That Result From Storm Damage

Hurricanes are ramping up and tornado season is right around the corner, and if you live in an area that is prone to storm damage, you’re likely no stranger to home restoration. Between debris, flooding, and structural damage, home restoration can seem like a daunting and emotionally draining task.

Since storms can happen anytime, to anyone, the best way to approach your home restoration projects after storm damage is to create a clear plan. Consider the following when tackling your next project:

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Resilience 2021

Floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters. According to testimony from Federal Emergency Management Agency representative Michael Grimm, flood damage cost approximately $17 billion each year between 2010 and 2018. Rising sea levels and extreme weather could cause $20 billion of flood damage to at-risk U.S. homes this year, rising to $32 billion by 2051, according to recent research by flood research non-profit First Street Foundation.

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Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the Future Savings from Mitigation Activities.

From 2000 to 2005, the MMC, commissioned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), conducted a Congressionally mandated independent study that demonstrated that for every public dollar spent on mitigation, society saves $4.

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NIBS calls to establish a National Mitigation Resource Portal

The National Mitigation Resource Portal (NMRP) aims to enhance community resilience by convening and streamlining mitigation efforts across government and private sector entities.

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Portland Resilient Runway Benefit-Cost Analysis

Oregon could experience a magnitude-8.7 or larger earthquake within 50 years that causes catastrophic deaths and damage. Portland International Airport (PDX) can play a crucial role speeding the response and recovery and prevent much of the harm.

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