Topic 1: Identifying and Prioritizing the Major Risks from Disasters and Climate Change

Administrator’s Intent Statement: The growing interconnectedness of our world, technological interdependencies, economic vulnerabilities, and changes in the climate underscore the need for improved and more active management of the risk environment nationally.

Share your thoughts on any of the following items:

  • Examples of technological interdependencies (e.g., cascading infrastructure failures);
  • Examples of economic vulnerabilities (e.g., limited governmental resources, concentrations of people and assets in coastal areas);
  • Examples of climate risk (e.g., risks to housing and infrastructure from sea level rise);
  • Examples of improved and more active management of the risk environment;
  • Other areas of risk.

Topic 1: Identifying and Prioritizing the Major Risks from Disasters and Climate Change

Dam Breach Scenario Needed

DAM BREACH SCENARIO NEEDED Did the emergency preparedness exercise conducted at Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station involve a catastrophic flooding accident? I would guess not even though the plant itself was subjected to historic Missouri River flooding just a couple of years ago. As I understand it, post 9/11, FEMA has required that hostile action scenarios be included as part of scheduled nuclear power plant emergency exercises. ...more »

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FEMA Relaxes Nuclear Power Plant Exercise Requirements

FEMA INAPPROPRIATELY RELAXING NUCLEAR POWER PLANT EMERGENCY EXERCISE REQUIREMENTS At a time when emergency planning requirements should be strengthened FEMA has relaxed a couple key ones. FEMA now only requires states within the 50-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of a nuclear plant site to exercise the ingestion pathway at least once every 8 years. Formerly the requirement was at least once every 5 years. In light ...more »

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Aircraft Crash Scenario Needed

An aircraft crash at a nuclear power plant site may have devastating consequences. FEMA needs to require plants to periodically conduct exercises involving an aircraft crash into a spent fuel pool at a nuclear plant site. Background information that I have already submitted to the NRC follows. Other countries with nuclear plants have dealt responsibly with high level waste by safely storing spent, but still highly radioactive, ...more »

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Incorporate Climate Impact information into FIRMs

Sea level rise and associated storm surge and increased precipitation events should be incorporated into FEMA’s FIRMs so as to properly account for and depict the increased flood risk associated with these climate impacts.

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Topic 1: Identifying and Prioritizing the Major Risks from Disasters and Climate Change

Dams as Weapons of Mass Destruction

DAMS AS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION The slopes near dam abutments can be destroyed by different kinds of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Once the ground near the dam structure swells after detonation of an IED, the water behind the dam will forcefully collapse even a concrete dam in minutes and will wash away everything on its way downstream. Even more vulnerable are earthen dams such as those on the Missouri River. ...more »

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Topic 1: Identifying and Prioritizing the Major Risks from Disasters and Climate Change

CERT radio

Our CERT has an FCC Land Mobile Radio Service license and a repeater. All CERT members are issued a radio and a we use them for comm. We have a Sunday net in which all members participate. We also have several hams for long distance comm.

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mitigating floods and droughts

Transferring through progressively larger pipelines, flood waters that kill people and damage property to drought regions in the Midwest and Southwest. A system similar to the interstate highway system or an electrical grid. "NO" to draining the Great Lakes or the Mississippi River. "YES" to diverting millions of acre feet of flood water. "Yes" to creating tens of thousands of jobs from construction to engineering. The ...more »

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