Which Was First–The Chicken or the Egg? Post-disaster Mitigation or Pre-disaster Mitigation?

Liberals in the last Congress the 111th were celebrating enactment of the following public law:

H.R.1746 : Predisaster Hazard Mitigation Act of 2010
Sponsor: Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8] (introduced 3/26/2009)      Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; House Homeland Security
House Reports: 111-83
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 111-351 [GPO: Text, PDF

Mitigation has been required in the National Flood Insurance Act since its enactment in 1968. In federal disaster legislation since 1974.  Various definitions of mitigation abound.  I quick check reveals no standard definition in Title 44 of the CFR.  In blog on my Vacation Lane Blog I have discussed mitigation in some detail.

Don’t get me wrong!  The above legislation is helpful but mitigation authority should be permanent authority and never subject to a sunset provision or need for annual appropriations. This distinction is not helpful to longer term mitigation efforts.

Personally I believe “resilience” a new watchword incorporates “mitigation” and now in Christchurch NZ we are seeing tough decisions made now that location directly over a major earthquake fault has been revealed by two earthquakes less than one year apart.

I sometimes get disturbed when politicians and citizens who have suffered a disaster think that it can’t happen here or to me again. That is a denial of the science and knowledge base.

But thanks to Congress for the extension. A national mitigation plan and pre-disaster mitigation plan are posted on the home page of the Vacation Lane Blog.


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