Enhancing Coastal Resilience through Sustainable Solutions

With the 2018 hurricane season in full swing, coastal infrastructure must now withstand chronic, long-term challenges coupled with the looming threat of a severe tropical storm. To strengthen the effectiveness of existing infrastructure, coastal communities across the country may want to consider supplementing traditional “hard infrastructure,” with natural and nature-based infrastructure solutions like dunes and… Read more

Immediate Post-Disaster Recovery: The First Steps for Local Leaders

Whether you’ve never experienced a disaster, haven’t had one for decades, or have been impacted by one recently, the following checklist provides a basic overview of the first steps for local leaders to take in the days and weeks immediately following a disaster. As a local leader, you will be tasked with helping homeowners through… Read more

Be Prepared for the Complexities of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

The can be a saving grace for residents with flood-damaged homes, however it brings complicated requirements that can turn into an unanticipated source of angst for both local governments and residents. If your jurisdiction has , understanding NFIP requirements and rules is vital to helping your community successfully rebuild after a flood. Navigating the National… Read more

An Emerging Disaster Preparedness Tool: Catastrophe Bonds

Although the numbers for losses incurred by 2018 disasters aren’t in yet, it’s likely that 2018 will be another record-breaking year for disaster losses in the US. Given the steady increase in disaster-induced losses, governments of all levels are pursuing the smartest ways to ensure the security, safety, stability and success of their constituents. As… Read more

For communities in Hurricane Florence’s path: Tips to share with your citizens

IBTS’s natural disaster experts have developed the following list of important recommendations for citizens in areas affected by natural disasters. Local government officials in communities that expect to be hit by Hurricane Florence can distribute these as part of their disaster communications efforts to help their citizens during and immediately following the storm. PROTECT YOUR… Read more

Hurricane Florence – What to Do Before and After a Disaster

As Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall on the coast of the Carolinas, IBTS’s team of natural disaster response and recovery experts have prepared the following short list of our most important OnHAND recommendations to help your local government operate effectively immediately before and after a disaster. Pre-Hurricane Florence Communications 1. Share your disaster and emergency… Read more

Building a Culture of Preparedness

  Claire Collins, IBTS Development Manager of Local Government Solutions, has more than two decades of local government management experience in Virginia as a county administrator, city manager, assistant to county manager and first public affairs/legislative liaison. Below, Collins provides guidance for local government leaders and stakeholders on how best to engage community members in… Read more

Can Fracking Cause Earthquakes?

Between 1973 and 2008, there were a total of 852 Magnitude 3 or higher earthquakes in the central United States. But between 2009 and 2017, there were 3,258. This recent spike in seismic activity in the region has a lot of people wondering if hydraulic fracture (fracking) methods of oil production are to blame. Well,… Read more

HUD Launches $16 Billion for Mitigation and Resilience Activities

For the first time ever, in February 2018 the announced a disaster recovery funding set aside specifically for  and efforts. With the passage of this groundbreaking $16 billion set aside, communities can now apply federal disaster recovery funding towards preventative efforts that strengthen their ability to respond to and recover from disasters and lead to… Read more

Storm season 2018 starts with Hurricane Aletta

The first hurricane of 2018 is rapidly increasing in intensity, going from a tropical storm off the coast of Mexico to a Category 4 event in just 24 hours. Luckily, Hurricane Aletta is not expected to make landfall, although The Weather Channel says, “High surf will be generated, propagating first to the southern Mexican coast,… Read more