Natural Disasters

NOAA Predicts Active Hurricane Season

The federal agency's annual forecast projects a likelihood of at least 13 named storms and six hurricanes.

In Tornado Alley, Storms Are Even More Dangerous For People With Disabilities

Some advocates say the federal or state government needs to step in and help people with disabilities acquire their own storm shelters.

As States Prepare for Disasters, They Acknowledge Things Will Get Worse

Following the hottest decade on record, legislators in many states say it’s long past time to treat such events as the new normal.

2019 Capped the Hottest Decade on Record

The past decade was the hottest in recorded history, and 2019 was the second-warmest year, according to data released Wednesday by NOAA and NASA.

Communities Lag in Resiliency Planning, Survey Finds

A survey of city and county administrators found that more than half of communities had not completed or considered a long-term sustainability or resiliency plan.

Invasive Grasses are Fueling Wildfires Across the U.S.

COMMENTARY | Invasive grasses are novel fuels that can act as kindling in an ecosystem where readily flammable material might not otherwise be present.

Planting a Family of Trees, One Seedling at a Time

A 600-year-old tree fell in New Jersey. Officials will preserve its legacy by sending its seedlings all over the state.

Virginia’s Flood Mitigation Program Needs Funding

COMMENTARY | Communities lack resources to prepare for more common and costly flood events.

California Is Becoming Unlivable

The state is plagued by two major issues: wildfires and a lack of affordable housing. Each problem exacerbates the other.

In Fire-Prone California, Many Residents Can’t Afford Wildfire Insurance

COMMENTARY | In the past four years, insurers have dropped more than 340,000 policyholders in fire-prone areas.

Climate Readiness Plan: Just (Let the Rivers) Go With the Flow

Washington is one of the rare states to have its own state-funded buyout and restoration program, one that is set up to remove development from flood-prone areas on an ongoing basis.

In Charleston, the Real Flooding Crisis Is Only Beginning

The historic South Carolina city escaped the worst of the latest storm, but rising seas and an aging drainage system may soon bring chronic inundation.

Hurricane Dorian Is Not a Freak Storm

Its record-breaking power is in line with recent, worrisome trends.

Climate Change Is Making the Affordable Housing Crunch Worse

Affordable housing, particularly in coastal areas, is built in areas that are vulnerable to sea level rise and where there isn’t enough infrastructure in place to protect buildings from flooding.

Why Are Atlantic and Gulf Coast Property Owners Building Back Bigger After Hurricanes?

Despite forward-looking environmental management and land-use planning intended to reduce future risk, development trends in many coastal locations are running in the opposite direction.

California’s Wildfires Are 500 Percent Larger Due to Climate Change

“Each degree of warming causes way more fire than the previous degree of warming did. And that’s a really big deal.”

As Temperatures Heat Up, Cities Need to Keep People Safe

A new guidebook, released by a disaster relief agency, offers strategies for cities to prepare for and learn from stretches of hot weather.

Getting Ready for Federal Disaster Mitigation Money

COMMENTARY | Local government officials need plans for when Community Development Block Grant dollars begin to flow.

Last Year Was a Record-Breaking Year for High-Tide Flooding. 2019 Probably Will Be, Too.

The East Coast suffered most from high-tide flooding, which can occur even on calm, sunny days, according to new data from the federal government.

How Disaster Warnings Can Get Your Attention

Federal authorities want more effective warnings about life-threatening disasters.