I am posting this because, it seems to me that even on the best conceivable track toward dealing with climate change, we are going to see more frequent and more severe emergencies along the coasts of the US. Thus, I think we ned to be thinking aboutemergency planning along with the other aspects of climate change. Carolyn Caywood, LWV-SHR Virginia
"Part of the challenge in preparing for disasters, the report notes, is that state departments and agencies are planning for shelter management “in silos.” Indeed, an array of public agencies – including the state departments of Emergency Management and Social Services, the Virginia State Police and the Virginia National Guard – have functions to play in shelter and evacuation planning.
"FINDINGS The $505,000 study made some of the following conclusions: The state isn’t putting enough effort into coordinating with localities. There’s “no definitive leadership” for shelter management planning because “no one state agency or department owns the issue.” The state has capacity for only 18,000 of the 50,000 evacuees it assumes would need transportation or shelter services in a serious emergency." http://epilot.hamptonroads.com/Olive/ODE/VirginianPilot/LandingPage/LandingPage.aspx?href=VmlyZ2luaWFuUGlsb3QvMjAxMi8xMi8zMQ..&pageno=MQ..&entity=QXIwMDEwMg..&view=ZW50aXR5