FEBRUARY 2012 HOT TOPICS
RAND Work Provides Insight into Reforms Proposed by the National Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act
As the Gulf States gear up for hurricane season, Congress is working on a five-year re-authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a part of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). President Obama recently signed a short-term extension of the program. Current legislation includes a number of reforms (see H.R. 1309, the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011 [PDF]). In recent studies, RAND has identified key topics for discussion as Congress shapes new legislation: insurance premiums that more accurately reflect the true risk of flooding; incentives to reduce the vulnerability of households and businesses to flood risk; private reinsurance by the NFIP to reduce taxpayer risks; and the solvency of the National Flood Insurance Program.
Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan Benefits from RAND's Technical Expertise
RAND played a prominent role in supporting the development of Louisiana's draft 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, which will guide the state's coastal investments and help its coastal residents plan for the future. RAND developed two models: a new hurricane flood risk model to assess effects of projects designed to reduce damage from flooding; and a planning framework and decision support model, called the Planning Tool, to develop and compare different coast-wide groupings of risk reduction and restoration (land-building) projects. The Plan was released for public comment in January and will be finalized in March.
Admiral Thad Allen Focuses on Community Resilience in the Face of Disaster
Resilient communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. In this podcast, Admiral Thad Allen discusses the critical questions confronting the field of community resilience as well as a new toolkit developed by RAND researchers to support community disaster planning.
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RAND has implemented and evaluated community resilience-building activities worldwide and identified opportunities to integrate the non-profit and for-profit sectors in public health and emergency preparedness, infrastructure protection, and the development of economic recovery programs.
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Interactive Guide Helps Child-Serving Organizations Prepare for Emergencies
The Promising Practices Network has developed an online emergency planning guide that presents high-priority preparedness activities and documents to help child-serving organizations customize their emergency plans.
The Promising Practices Network is a user-friendly website operated by RAND that provides evidence-based information on child, youth, and family policy. The site's content is organized around four main sections: Programs that Work, Research in Brief, Service Delivery, and Partner Pages. Visit the PPN site: http://www.promisingpractices.net.
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