Houston's Former Mayor Still Waiting for an 'Adequate' Federal Response to Hurricane Harvey

Plus her thoughts on how the city balances industry with environmental sustainability.

Top Emergency Management Official: Hit the ‘Reset Button’ on Disaster Recovery Roles

FEMA’s administrator envisions state and local governments taking control of reconstruction and resilience with federal support.

Cities Are Embracing Resilient, Equitable Infrastructure Finance Out of Necessity

Climate change is putting increased pressure on often-chronically underinvested and already failing systems, forcing municipal agencies to experiment with new funding mechanisms.

Los Angeles Seeks to Build—and Share—an Earthquake Early Warning App

The effort is part of a pledge by Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as a broader push to bring an earthquake early warning system to the West Coast.

Cities Should Meet Their Makers

Often overlooked small-scale manufacturers may prove the perfect fix for vacant corridors. Micro-businesses can bolster local economic resilience, if cities know where to find them.

With Deadline Approaching, Flood Insurance Bill Clears U.S. House

“If we’re going to make this program sustainable, we cannot have 1 percent of the properties causing 25 percent of the losses,” said Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling.

Disaster-Prone Cities Urge Congress to Expand National Flood Insurance Program

“The terrible human suffering and economic damage wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria make apparent the immediate need to focus on future-proofing communities…”

Prioritizing Disaster Recovery Projects Through a Social Resilience Lens

Fostering social cohesion post-emergency is just as important as rebuilding infrastructure stronger.

How Likely Is Resilient Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico?

Unlike with other hurricanes, the Trump administration holds all the cards—a good or bad thing depending on how committed it is to preparing the U.S. territory for the next major storm.

Rethinking Hazard Mapping After Wildfires Entered Urban Areas Thought to Be ‘Unburnable’

Local officials across the West should pay attention to what happened to one devastated neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California.

Seeking ‘Resilience Dividends’ With City Investments

“For every dollar spent, you want to achieve multiple benefits,” according to the chief resilience officer in Boulder, Colorado.

Inequality in the Bay Area Makes Preparing for Climate Change Impacts Harder

But a design challenge focused on resiliency currently underway hopes to change that.

Disaster Risk and Economic Growth Create Uncomfortable Questions for Civic Boosters

ANALYSIS: Suitors seeking Amazon’s 2nd headquarters should ask themselves: How resilient is their city or region?

As Hurricane Irma Heads North, Officials Urge Floridians to Stay Put

Storm surge swamps low-lying areas as high winds cut power to millions and damage buildings across the Sunshine State.

In Natural Disasters, States Lend Each Other a Hand

Nationwide mutual assistance compact promises aid from neighbors.

As Irma Advances on Florida, County Leaders Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best

“We are much better positioned as a county today to respond to these types of events than we ever have been,” Pinellas County’s assistant administrator said amid the preparations.

How Flood Insurance Premiums Could Threaten Local Government Tax Revenues

It’s one of the concerns local government officials have as Congress looks to reauthorize the financially-stressed National Flood Insurance Program.

To Soften a Hurricane's Blow, Don't Drain the Swamp

Wetlands directly prevented half a billion dollars in damages during Hurricane Sandy, a new study has found.

Harvey Recovery Efforts Will Take Years. Fixing Flood Insurance Shouldn’t.

When Congress returns to work next week, the task of debating and reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program, which expires at the end of September.