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Building Resilience, BRIC by BRIC: Fall 2022 Update

Expert BlogUnited StatesAnna Weber

In this post, we’ll take a look at this year’s national competition selections, compare them to last year’s outcomes, and discuss some changes FEMA is making to the program.

A Century of Change in 30 Years

Expert BlogUnited StatesAnna Weber

Climate change is not off in some distant future: 2050 is less than 30 years away, and the tides are rising now.

The Next Step to a National Disaster Safety Board

Expert BlogUnited StatesAnna Weber

What do the deadly Texas deep freeze in March, Hurricane Ida in August, and the summer’s heatwaves and wildfires have in common? In each case, their worst effects might have been prevented, if we had applied lessons we’d learned from…

Building Resilience, BRIC by BRIC

Expert BlogUnited StatesAnna Weber

FEMA has announced the first selections for its new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grants. Did the first year of the program live up to its promises?

Congress Proposes a National Disaster Safety Board

Expert BlogUnited StatesAnna Weber
If the past several months have taught us anything, it’s that the U.S. needs a better strategy to deal with disasters—and this starts with learning from past mistakes.

Blueprint of a Buyout: Des Plaines, Illinois

Expert BlogUnited States, IllinoisAnna Weber
The City of Des Plaines has purchased 68 flood-prone homes, but not without extensive time and effort between multiple local, state, and federal agencies.

Blueprint of a Buyout: Blue Acres Program, New Jersey

Expert BlogUnited States, New JerseyAnna Weber
One state-run program has achieved faster timelines than most FEMA-funded buyouts, but this has required extensive resources, staff time, and experience.

Blueprint of a Buyout: Harris County, Texas

Expert BlogUnited States, TexasAnna Weber
Harris County’s program may be a harbinger of the future, when Americans are displaced by flooding and frustrated by the uncertainties of relocation assistance.