March 18, 2009, by Matthew Tresaugue

Lack of rain stunts recovery of some vital wetlands damaged by Hurricane Ike’s storm surge.

Click here to read the entire Houston Chronicle story.

photo courtesy of Paul A. Mistretta, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org


The National Wetlands Research Center’s Wetlands Ecology Branch focuses on restoration of coastal marshes and prairies, the ecological processes that drive loss and restoration of wetlands, the effects of large-scale storms such as hurricanes, and the effects of global change, particularly sea-level rise.   Research ecologists at NWRC study causes and loss of threatened coastal ecosystems, and investigate how to stabilize, restore, and manage the coastal landscape.  Additionally, they provide international technical assistance and collaboration with scientists in other countries such as India, Mexico, and England.  In 2005, they released a report entitled Science and the Storms: the USGS Response to the Hurricanes of 2005.

Go to the NWRC hurricane research page for an in-depth look at their hurricane research efforts.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.


This comprehensive report released by NOAA explains the basics of wetlands, why they are important, and the marine life common to the wetlands of the U.S. Caribbean Region.


In President Obama’s weekly address, he speaks of the government’s response to the flooding in the Upper Midwest and praises the volunteers who have come together to help one another.


The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder is hosting its 5th Annual Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition for undergraduate and graduate students, to recognize the interdisciplinary nature of hazards and disaster research.

Visit their website for full competition details.


Shot before and after the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the documentary Hurricane on the Bayou brings into focus the startling loss of Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands that are New Orleans’ first line of defense against deadly storms. Told through the personal stories of four musicians, both legendary and rising, who are drawing attention to this environmental calamity. The story is both a document of Katrina’s powerful effects, and a profound musical celebration of the city that has been called the “soul of America.” It is a call to restore New Orleans and protect the vital wetlands from which the city’s unique identity first arose.

Click here to watch a short video of the directors on location, discussing vanishing wetlands and the danger this poses for coastal residents.


Monique Hayward, author of Divas Doing Business: What the Guidebooks Don’t Tell You About Being a Woman Entrepreneur, will donate a portion of her book’s sales revenue to PLAN!T NOW.

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This page includes links to a sampling of goverment agencies and private citizens on Twitter who focus on emergencies, and specifically hurricanes.


NOAA offers detailed information on purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio Receiver, with a variety of options and available sellers.

Click here for their website.


The U.S. Coast Guard is no longer responding to distress calls sent with analog equipment. Mariners, aviators and other persons will have to switch to emergency beacons operating at 406 MHz in order to be detected by satellites.

Go to their Emergency Beacon web page to learn more.

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You may already know that our Owlie Skywarn is a severe weather prep hero! Now, THE YMP WEATHERFEST RALLIES are being held in cities all over the country, in cooperation with The National Weather Service, to help prepare the nation's kids as well as their parents and teachers for flash floods, climate change, storms and tornadoes, and more.

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PLAN!T NOW, in collaboration with Estes Mexico and other corporate partners, is working to provide life-saving weather survival kits--including water, storage-ready food, flashlights, batteries, first-aid kits and other critical supplies--and emergency family plans for residents in two severe-weather vulnerable towns in Mexico and the U.S.

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