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The first eight months of 2023 brought $23 billion in damages from weather-related events, a new record at this point in the year. Those events included unique flooding from atmospheric rivers in California; an extended heat dome over Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the US; the Category 3 Hurricane Idalia in Florida; and of course, the horrific wildfires in Maui. The human and physical toll of these disasters cannot be overstated, and recovery will be a long process.

With two months left to go in the Atlantic hurricane season, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is dangerously close to running out of funds. In August, FEMA Chair Deanne Criswell informed Congress that life-saving services provided by the agency could stall without an increase in their budget before the end of September. But with House Republicans struggling to come to a consensus on a key military funding bill, the US government could enter a shutdown on October 1.

If FEMA is constrained and comprehensive insurance policies become unavailable to homeowners in states like California, Louisiana, and Florida, where risk continues to increase, how will communities recover— let alone prepare for the next shock? This is a question that disaster researchers like Dr. Samantha Montano, are working to answer. Listen in as Ten Across founder Duke Reiter and Dr. Montano discuss the changing nature of disaster response, recovery, and mitigation, as well as the outsized role New Orleans plays in determining the future of US emergency management.
The first eight months of 2023 brought $23 billion in damages from weather-related events, a new record at this point in the year. Those events included unique flooding from atmospheric rivers in California; an extended heat dome over Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the US; the Category 3 Hurricane Idalia in Florida; and of course, the horrific wildfires in Maui. The human and physical toll of these disasters cannot be overstated, and recovery will be a long process. With two months left to go in the Atlantic hurricane season, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is dangerously close to running out of funds. In August, FEMA Chair Deanne Criswell informed Congress that life-saving services provided by the agency could stall without an increase in their budget before the end of September. But with House Republicans struggling to come to a consensus on a key military funding bill, the US government could enter a shutdown on October 1. If FEMA is constrained and comprehensive insurance policies become unavailable to homeowners in states like California, Louisiana, and Florida, where risk continues to increase, how will communities recover— let alone prepare for the next shock? This is a question that disaster researchers like Dr. Samantha Montano , are working to answer. Listen in as Ten Across founder Duke Reiter and Dr. Montano discuss the changing nature of disaster response, recovery, and mitigation, as well as the outsized role New Orleans plays in determining the future of US emergency management. read more read less

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