In January of 2015, the Obama Administration issued Executive Order 13690. The order was aimed at improving resilience to current and future flood risks and modified the 1977 Executive order 119888, which addressed flood plain development. Among other actions, the new order directed FEMA to develop a proposed amendment to 44 CFR part 9, “Floodplain... Continue Reading →
Severe floods occurring more frequently
The scale of the recent Louisiana floods have shown that one of the effects of global climate change is increased rain storms that lead to flooding. Experts say that recent floods in multiple states (from Maryland to South Carolina to Louisiana to Texas) that were identified in the media as a once-in-every 500 or 1,000-year... Continue Reading →
El Niño is coming. How will it affect you?
According to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association), the strongest El Niño on record is expected to drench the southern part of the United States this fall and winter and bring above-normal temperatures to much of the Midwest region, particularly across the northern states. While this may be welcome news for the drought-stricken parts... Continue Reading →