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February 22, 2020 --- Today international reports, not including China, indicated a 17% increase in cases.  China is reporting a 1% increase in cases today...... 
February 21, 2020 --- It appears that pressure in China is minimizing the number of reported cases.  The desire to avoid the economic consequences of the spread of the virus appears to be facilitating its spread.  The average rate of daily increase internationally for the last 10 days is 12%.  for the last seven days China is reporting a 2.4% rate increase of cases.
February 14, 2020 --- We removed our post from yesterday because the information was not correct.  There are currently two estimates of cases WHO's reporting 50,580  these are laboratory confirmed cases and John Hopkins which is reporting 69,032 confirmed cases.  Basically, we don't have a reliable way to forecast the rate of future cases, but if we take the number of reported cases on February 1st, which was 11,953, calculate the rate of increase by number of cases reported by WHO and by John Hopkins, we get a daily rate of increase of 10.8% for WHO and 13.4% for Hopkins.  If we run these numbers out to March 1st we get 259,2200 cases and 519,838 cases.  If we run these numbers out to April 1st we get 6,228,770 cases and 25,637,357 cases.  Do you get the idea of where this is going?
February 12, 2020 --- We need to combine our efforts, to unite every person, state, nation in the effort to fight the spread of the virus.  If we assemble and combine our efforts the difference in the outcome may well be millions of lives and to mitigate the affects upon the world economy.  Now is the time for humanity to begin to understand that we are all on the same boat.
February 13, 2020 --- Today some regions of China came out with revised figures, which put the existing number of reported cases significantly higher.  What's been missing from the reports, which we've seen, is an outpouring of the world's support for the Chinese people.  Please consider donating
February 12, 2020 --- Today it was reported that China has altered the way that cases of Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) are reported.  According to reports, cases that test positive, but lack symptoms have been removed from cases previously reported and are no longer being reported.  This change in policy has occurred at the same time that the reported rates declined.  We will not update the rates reported today.
February 11, 2020 --- The global rate of increase today is reported at 6%. The rate of increase outside of China was 24%.
February 10, 2020 --- The rate of increase today remains at 8%. Rate of increase in deaths is still 12%. 
February 9, 2020 --- The rate of increase of cases today is reported to be 8%.  The reported daily rate of increase in deaths is 12%.
February 8, 2020 --- The rate of increase of reported cases today is 11%.  The daily rate of the increase in deaths is 14%.
February 7, 2020 --- The rate of death is an issue because the information we are getting doesn't appear to add up.  Today John Hopkins is reporting that 638 have died and 1,741 have recovered. When we look at the details of the report, we see that in Hubei, where the virus first appeared, that 856 recovered and 618 died.   That would mean that everywhere else 20 died and 895 recovered.  Given the disparity of these figures it is impossible to estimate the percentage of people who will die as a result of infection by the virus.  The rate of increase was 15% today.
February 6, 2020 --- The rate of increase of cases today is down to 15% per day.  Today the rate of increase in China was 16%. 
February 5, 2020 --- The rate of increase of cases today is back up to 19% per day.  Outside China the rate of increase was 20%.  We'll keep watching and reporting the rate of daily increase.
February 4, 2020 --- There has been a decline in the rate of increase of cases per day the past two days the rate has dropped to 16%. At this rate on the 1st of March there would be almost a million cases (601 in the United States) and at the end of March over 31 million (over 44,000 in the United States) .
February 3, 2020 --- We'll update this page when we come across information or a resource that may be of interest.  Today its :
A map of global cases of 2019-nCoV  by Johns Hopkins CSSE.     
Lessons Learned from the 1918–1919 Influenza Pandemic in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota    
Economic Effects of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Implications for a Modern-day Pandemic
February 2, 2020 --- Based on the World Health Organization's situation reports, we now are calculating that the rate of the increase of cases of the Novel Coronavirus today is around 21.5% per day.  This is down substantially from the rate last week.
The spread rate is important for estimating the probable number of cases.  If the 21.5% daily rate continues, we can estimate that by March 1st, globally there will be over 3 million people who will be identified as being or having been infected by the virus. If the number now recorded as being dead expands at the same rate, by March 1st, over 70,000 people will have died as a result of the virus. If the rate of the virus' spread continues to the end of March, globally the number infected would reach over a billion and the deaths into the tens of millions.  The data for the United States is very small, projections are uncertain.  If the spread rate is 21.5% per day in the United States, the number infected, by the beginning of March will be around 2,000 and by the end of March around a half million.  Since no one has died from the virus in United States and the standard of care that will be provided is uncertain, we can not predict the percentage infected who will die.  All these projections are just that.  What we do going forward will determine whether they are a future we avoided, by our actions, if they are correct, or underestimations. 
FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2020 --    FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2019 --   FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2018 -- FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2017 --  FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2016 -- FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2015 --  FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2014  --  FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2013
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                          Roads Engineering

Low volume roads are the most common facility damaged during floods.  Roads that fail because of poor design disrupts commerce, results in pollution, contamination of water supplies, slows down emergency response, and creates other hardships in the day to day lives of those affected.

This is why the Disaster Center is making available, in print format, the Low-Volume Roads Engineering -- Best Management Practices Field Guide.

Information contained in this document has been developed for the guidance of road builders, road managers, and resource specialists in most geographic areas to help build better, more cost-effective roads, and roads that minimize adverse environmental impacts and protect water quality.


This Low-Volume Roads Engineering Best Management Practices Field Guide is intended to provide an overview of the key planning, location, design, construction, and maintenance aspects of roads that can cause adverse environmental impacts and to list key ways to prevent those


This Field Guide does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation from or bound on any professional group, agency, or political entity. It is intended only as a guide for good roads engineering and sound environmental management in developing countries based upon the professional judgment and experience of the authors.


The FEMA Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG) is FEMA's PA bible.

The 2018 PAPPG (V3.0) is effective for all emergencies and major disasters declared on or after August 23, 2017. It supersedes the 2017 PAPPG (V2.0) which is effective for all emergencies and major disasters declared between April 1, 2017 and August 22, 2017.

Proceeds from the sale of this book support the Disaster Center

DisasterCenter.com is happy to make the Federal Emergency Management Administration's (FEMA) Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG) V 3.0 available in a print format.

FEMA Public Assistance (PA) provides grants to jurisdictions and certain non-profits for the costs of emergency response and for damages to permanent facilities damaged as a result of events that qualify for Presidential Disaster Declarations.  


In terms of dollar amounts, FEMA's Public Assistance Program is the largest grant program that FEMA operates.


FEMA PA can assist with local and State governments’ emergency response efforts and in the restoration of public infrastructure after Presidential disaster declarations in the United States.


The Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide is used to determine the Conditions of Eligibility for:


·         Mass Care and Emergency Assistance

·         Individuals and Households Program Assistance

·         Disaster Case Management

·         Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program

·         Disaster Legal Services

·         Disaster Unemployment Assistance

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DisasterCenter.com is pleased to make the Federal Emergency Management Administration's (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide (IAPPG) available in a print format.

The IAPPG consolidates information on Individual Assistance (IA) programs offered by FEMA to a state, territorial, tribal, or local government jurisdiction affected by a disaster.



Eligibility for Federal assistance is based on each applicant’s individual circumstances as they relate to each program’s conditions of eligibility. Not all applicants will be eligible for all forms of Federal assistance.


People affected by conflict: Humanitarian needs in numbers - 2013 (PDF)     Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) – CRED (2013)
FEMA fraud hotline at 800-323-8603 or email DHSOIGHOTLINE@DHS.GOV. This can include information on contractors, inspectors, disaster survivors or anyone posing as any of these. Complaints also can be made via the FEMA disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or with state or local law enforcement officials or consumer agencies. 
We've been working on updating the State disaster pages.  Here they are, a work in progress:
Alabama -- Alaska -- Arizona -- Arkansas -- California -- Colorado -- Connecticut -- Delaware -- Florida -- Georgia -- Hawaii -- Idaho -- Illinois -- Indiana -- Iowa -- Kansas -- Kentucky -- Louisiana -- Maine -- Maryland -- Massachusetts -- Michigan -- Minnesota -- Mississippi -- Missouri -- Montana -- Nebraska -- Nevada -- New Hampshire -- New Jersey -- New Mexico -- New York -- North Carolina -- North Dakota -- Ohio -- Oklahoma -- Oregon -- Pennsylvania -- Rhode Island -- South Carolina -- South Dakota -- Tennessee -- Texas -- Utah -- Vermont -- Virginia -- Washington -- West Virginia -- Wisconsin -- Wyoming
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Ready Rating: A FREE Service from the American Red Cross
The Red Cross, Salvation Army and other volunteer organizations move resources into position so as to be able to respond to disasters. Please consider a donation to the Red Cross  You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or call 1-800 RED CROSS     
There are several ways you can donate to the Salvation Army .  By phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY   By text: Text “GIVE” to 80888.  Also, consider volunteering or donating with  Disaster Relief Agencies and Nongovernment Organizations
Red Cross -- After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. This website is designed to help make that communication easier.

FBI's "Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes"

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The people affected will not lack clothing for long and more will be donated than will ever be used.  It will end up in the local landfill, because there is no place to store it.  If you are going to collect clothing have a garage sale with the proceeds going to the victims.  Be responsible, if you collect money get proof that it was donated and make evidence available to those who gave.  Consider volunteering or donating with  Disaster Relief Agencies and Nongovernment Organizations. 
WHO's CRED is reporting that in 2010 a total of 385 natural disasters killed more than 297,000 people worldwide, affected over 217.0 million others and caused US$ 123.9 billion of economic damages. Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2010: (PDF 4.2 MB) The Numbers and Trends. Brussels: CRED; 2011-Guha-Sapir D, Vos F, Below R, with Ponserre S.   

There is only one weather authority in the United States, and that's the National Weather Service  For emergency information consult with your local NWS office or your local emergency management agency.  If you want to suggest a link, please post to host@disastercenter.com
SaferProducts.gov: A New World for Consumers, Businesses, and Researchers -- This is a site that the US Chamber of Commerce wants the government to shut down.  Take a Look...
The Disaster Center supports the UN's International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. "One million safe schools and hospitals campaign" [PDF 3.28 MB] guidance note  [PDF 2.04 MB]
Schools and hospitals are a great place to start building a world wide disaster mitigation movement.

The Disaster Center hosts a Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages
The CDC has recently come out with its Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse Guide and announced a forthcoming video contest.  The idea that all these efforts are concerned with is that you and your family be prepared for disasters.  In our estimation the most important disaster readiness tool is a common contact person outside of the disaster area.  Someone who, if conditions are so bad that household members can't go home, that you might move in with.  After disasters most people do not stay in shelters.  They are sheltered by relatives and friends. So what we are saying is that the greatest tool after a disaster is a friend; get one; be one.  
The Red Cross has created a teaching guide -- Children in disasters- Games and guidelines to engage youth
in risk reduction
A new National Science Foundation study has found that: Drought may threaten much of globe within decades - NSF
A study released by researchers at Iowa State University calculated costs of five major crimes, and found that each murder generated societal costs of $17.25 million
States: 10 Leading Causes of Death
Vital Records: Locate your States' sources for Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce Records

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September 19, 2011 -- We have added the FBI's 2010 State Uniform Crime Reports to our State data which now covers from 1960 to 2010, 50 years of crime statistics.

The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) has replaced the color codes of the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). The new alert system is currently active, active alerts are also available on Twitter and Facebook

 Established 14 years ago, the Disaster Center site has gone through a number of evolutions.  A big part of this work has provided coverage for disasters affecting the United States.  Big stories were Hurricane Dennis, Rita, Katrina, Wilma, Floyd, Mitch, Bret and many others.  One of the most linked to areas on the web site has been our graphics. The most popular of these Hurricane Floyd as it approached the US coast. Current and Historic Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

 Our work of mitigating disasters involves the preparation for them, responding to them, and recovering from them.  In an ideal world we would be working on ways to mitigate risk and threat before disasters happen.  
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 SBA Disaster Recovery Loans  1-800-659-2955 -- SBA makes loans to home owners and business after Major disasters
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The Disaster Center provides online coverage of disasters in the United States, compiling and providing links to disaster related statistics and studies: US Crimes Data from 1960  Tornado, Nonfatal occupational Injuries and Illnesses, Fatal Occupational Injuries, Motor Vehicle Traffic Injury and Fatality Data,  Child Nursery Equipment and Toys: Accident Rates by Age, Sports & Recreational Equipment: Injuries by Age and Sex, Home, Heating, Plumbing, and Appliance: Injuries by Cause, Age, and Rate, Furniture, furnishings, household, and personal use items: Accident injury rates by AgeHome, Work Tools and Misc. Items: Accident Injury rates by Age. US Cause of Death Data US Anti-terrorism Threat/Risk Policy prior to September 11, 2001,  US Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Terrorism Policy prior to 9-11  Atlantic Hurricane pages and indexTotal student, Number of school-associated Violent Deaths and Number of Homicides and Suicides of Youth Ages 5–19, by Location: 1992–2002  

The three companies (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian) have created a central Web site where you can order your credit report (www.annualcreditreport.com). You also can order it by calling (877) 322-8228.
You do not have to pay to receive the report, nor do you have to pay for any service or product as a condition of receipt
The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home.  If they do, you can file a complaint at https://www.donotcall.gov. You can register your home or mobile phone for free. Your registration will be effective for five years.

Here are some tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud:

If you have received a suspicious e-mail, file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center: www.ic3.gov.

For more information on e-scams, visit the FBI’s E-Scams and Warnings webpage: www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams