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    



Evacuees in event of serious emergency

Carolyn this is beyond me. ( for everyone else Both Carolyn and I live in the same area devided by a tunnel) When we have a hurricane or evactuation the people from her side come up and go though our city on the interstate and the people living here are not allowed to use the interstate but have to use a hwy that leads them closer to the storm. The other problem with this plan is that it is not enforced so the people on the peninsula ignore it and use the interstate anyway. If we ever get hit by a sudded flood where we are evactuating it is always a mess. The worst part is that peole here as still ignoring that what the cities are doing are contibuting to the flooding (ie building in wetlands and not maintian water structures) In our area it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better and the localities do not have the desire or even the money they need to help fix the situation. I saw after Sandy Governor Christie saying that they need to help rebuild the shorelines and build sand dunes. He expected the federal government to help him. I wish him luck as we have had no help getting funding and to get the localities to pay for it requires a huge fight. I have been working on this issue for years but see very little progress on either side of the water. At least Norfolk is taking it seriously.