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S. 704 Disaster Safe Power Grid Act of 2021

A BILL: To require the Secretary of Energy to establish a grant program to improve the resiliency of the power grid to natural disasters and reduce the risk of wildfires caused by power lines, and for other purposes. Introduced March 11, 2021

May 11, 2021

Readings / Safe Rooms for Tornadoes & Hurricanes

When cold air moving down from Canada crashes into hot air rising from the Gulf of Mexico the Central and Southern tier of states get hammered weather-wise. Time to revisit disaster resilience literature. Schools, college and university facilities are frequently identified as places of refuge from severe weather in the United States. Co-developed with the International Code Council and American Society of Civil Engineers. NOTE THAT THIS MORNING'S 404 ERROR HAS BEEN FIXED.

May 11, 2021


Noun. Anything that befalls of ruinous or distressing nature; any unfortunate event, especially a sudden or great misfortune (1590s) from French ‘désastre’ (1560s), from Italian ‘disastro’, from Latin ‘astrum’, from Greek ‘astron’. The sense is astrological, of a calamity blamed on an unfavorable position of a planet. The '-ster' in disaster likely originated from 'star'. Compare Medieval Latin astrum sinistrum "misfortune," literally "unlucky star," and English "ill-starred".

May 11, 2021

Risk Assessment in Emergency Facilities

This paper demonstrates a quantitative method for evaluating risk and conveying the results into a power system design. These methods employ classical lumped parameter modeling of power chain architectures and can be applied to any type of critical facility needed for disaster response and recovery.

May 11, 2021


Best practice titles relevant to education community safety and sustainability change at a rate of 100 to 1000 times per day. We break down this action every day, assign priorities, then schedule a separate time teleconference to respond to public consultations. Daily colloquia topics are shown on our CALENDAR.

May 11, 2021


Based upon field research, guidelines and standards have been developed for the protection of building envelopes and building occupants from windborne debris. Those guidelines and standards are included, in part, in FEMA Publications, the Florida Building Code, the Standard Building Code and the International Building Code.

May 11, 2021

Community Risk Assessment

The (now sun-setted ) NFPA 1600 established a common set of criteria for all hazards disaster/emergency management and business continuity programs. Its content will be rolled into the new NFPA 1660; close-coupled with FEMA's National Incident Management System. Public consultation on the 2024 edition closes November 12th.

May 11, 2021

Blockchain Application for Disaster Management

2020 has been one of the most active storm seasons and, coupled with the pandemic, inspires a search for new ideas for improving disaster avoidance, preparedness, response and recovery.

May 11, 2021

Standards Missouri

We continue roll out of our collaboration architecture to school districts, colleges, universities and university-affiliated healthcare systems in all 50-states. To lower #TotalCostofOwnership for the #WiseCampus every state is approached with sensitivity to culture, governance regime, asset-base and network of expertise. #StandardsMissouri

May 11, 2021
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