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Natural Disasters

Essential Functions: What Makes Them Essential?
By Alyson Finn, Office of Response and Restoration Disaster Preparedness Program
alyssa.dillon Tue, 06/30/2020 - 20:59

Everyday, organizations, communities, and government institutions provide critical services that are essential to our everyday life. But what would happen if we didn’t have access to these services? What would life be like? Hospitals, banks and grocery stores all provide essential services that we, the American people, depend on. The ability to continually perform such services is an important component of resilience and requires extensive continuity planning.

Exercises Play a Vital Role in Disaster Preparedness
By Katie Krushinski, Office of Response and Restoration Disaster Preparedness Program
alyssa.dillon Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:46

A core pillar of the Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) is designing and implementing exercises. Exercises play a vital role in preparedness by enabling NOAA and the National Ocean Service (NOS) to test and validate plans and capabilities, and identify and address gaps and areas for improvement. The DPP leads exercise programs to improve NOS’s preparedness posture and emphasize the value of the exercise cycle. 

Disaster Preparedness Program Shares Preparedness Tips for Pet Parents

Posted Mon, 06/01/2020 - 08:37
By Katherine Krushinski, Office of Response and Restoration Disaster Preparedness Program

Just last week, NOAA announced the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season predictions. Many of us take this time to ensure we’re prepared for hurricanes and other disasters. Usually, the Office of Response and Restoration shares tips about protecting yourself, your property, and the marine environment before, during, and after a hurricane. But, while many of the OR&R staff are making personal preparedness efforts, they’re also preparing for their furry family members. We at the Disaster Preparedness Program believe it’s important to not only be prepared for ourselves, but for our pets, too!

Minds Behind OR&R: Meet Emergency Planning Specialist Alyson Finn

Posted Thu, 02/27/2020 - 12:49

This feature is part of a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). In this month’s feature meet Alyson Finn, emergency planning specialist with OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program.

How Much Do Coastal Ecosystems Protect People from Storms and What Is It Worth?

Posted Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:40

In 2013, one lawsuit spurred the question — how much do coastal ecosystems protect people from storms and what is that worth? It's a question NOAA scientists and economists are working to answer. At NOAA, our job is to protect our coasts, but often, coastal ecosystems are the ones protecting us. 

National Geodetic Survey Disaster Response

Posted Mon, 09/23/2019 - 14:50
By Dave Gothan, NOAA National Geodetic Survey

This week, during National Preparedness Month, OR&R is taking a closer look at some of the disaster response roles our office and its partners serve in being prepared for both natural and human-caused disasters. In today’s blog, learn more about an important partner in preparedness within NOAA — the National Geodetic Survey.

Hollings Scholar Wraps Up Summer at NOAA with Story Map on ‘Building a Resilient Community’

Posted Tue, 08/20/2019 - 17:54

Working under NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, 2019 Hollings scholar Leah Moore spent her summer working on the story map “Building a Resilient Community: NOAA’s Hazard Exposure and Risk Exploration (HERE) Tool” — a publicly available link will be available later this summer.

Disaster Preparedness 101: What is Continuity Planning, and Why Does it Matter?

Posted Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:05
By Alyson Finn

The government can’t stop working just because of an emergency. This means that federal agencies need to be prepared, with plans that account for every situation, to ensure our jobs always get done. This is called comprehensive continuity planning. 

Abandoned and Derelict Vessels: A Side Effect of Natural Disasters
By Vicki Loe, Office of Response and Restoration
alyssa.dillon Thu, 05/23/2019 - 17:26

As a NOAA scientific support coordinator for Alaska with OR&R’s Emergency Response Division, Catherine Berg is used to the pollution removal process following an oil or chemical spill. But soon after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, Catherine learned that her response skills would soon be needed to address the thousands of abandoned and derelict vessels scattered on or near the coast, many a potential source of marine pollution, as fuel and other chemicals made their way into the marine environment.