Key US laws on national disaster preparedness, including the role of federal government in facilitating an integrated, all-country, capabilities-based approach to preparedness that optimizes use of available resources: doi.gov/recovery/about…
I am so confused (read: furious) about how the federal government is choosing to support (read: selectively decide who lives & dies based on political preference) overwhelmed states during the pandemic.
Turns out impeached Presidents keep breaking the law if yo don't remove them
Federal agencies are empowered & restricted by their mandates. If it's out of scope, they can't do it. If it's in scope, they must do it.
Sometimes we retroactively realize fuckups. Both Katrina & Sandy resulted in re-scoping FEMA's mandate to better match needs & expectations.
Are you remembering your annual disaster prep? Are you set for quakes, storms, fires, floods or whatever applies to your region?
Those disasters aren’t going to hold off while we focus on the pandemic.
A lot of your pandemic prep can double up.
You’ve got personal supplies at home to reduce grocery trips. You’re doing social check-ins with an out-of-area contact. You’re carefully checking on neighbours, maintaining social connectivity while physically distant.
Things to do right now:
1. Find your local officials & info sources to Follow on social media.
police, fire, public safety
utilities, transport department
But Waffle House isn’t a normal restaurant chain. It’s one that serves Hurricane Country & practices its disaster plans at least annually. It’s a chain that has trailer-restaurants ready to roll into devestated areas to restore service ASAP.
365 Waffle House locations closed would usually mean 365 locations at Level Red on the Waffle House Index.
But the index is for storm damage, where closing down is a proxy for severe damage & flooding.
Things I did not expect to teach this term:
The properly formal language for the #OverlyHonestMethods version of "a pandemic shut down the university and we don't have the hardware or software licenses to run geotechnical models at home."
I checked my #OverlyHonestMethods archive. The closest I have to "scope reduced due to pandemic" is:
Classses I took as a physics undergrad that weren’t math or science but have subsequently been useful to my career:
Science Fiction literature
Practical science fiction (taught)
Russian language (intro)
Geography of surfing
Drawing & Painting
Ballroom dance (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
Physics Circus (performance)
Anthropology of ‘Native American Indians’ (somehow even more problematic than it sounds; useful as a cautionary tale)
A near-random mix of graded book clubs
Science or math I took as a physics undergrad that weren’t required but have subsequently been useful to my career:
Physics of California
Computer Science discussion sections (x4)
Physics of War
Every few months, someone with more money and fame than knowledge spouts off a Grand Plan to leave Earth for somewhere else to escape our problems.
And everyone who has dealt with the complexity of dynamic systems heaves an enormous sigh.
We can’t even create a stable sealed biome on Earth where we’re operating within the geomagnetic field at standard temperature & pressure. It’s the simplest version of a faked environment, yet we repeatedly fail.
We don’t even bother pretending the space station is independent.