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Break the Cycle: ‘Natural Disaster, Rebuild, Repeat’

Posted by Gary Lawrence

Aug 30, 2014 9:30:00 AM

THE TRAGIC MUDSLIDE that occurred on March 22 in the small 180-person town of Oso, Washington, is the second weather-related disaster in the space of 16 months that has touched me personally.

Oso's Slide. Is this the future that awaits us if we continue to ignore nature's limits? Photo courtesy

In the early part of my career, I was Deputy County Executive of Snohomish County in Washington state, a county government hitherto unknown to anyone outside the immediate area, the commercial aviation industry, loggers, and recreational Steelhead fishermen.  It is the home of Boeing’s manufacturing facilities for the 767, 777 and 787.  The Stillaguamish River, now damned up behind the slide, was one of the world’s most pristine fisheries.  Oso, like too many small communities around the world, has now achieved global renown as the site of tragedy. Today, it takes its place in a media arc that wraps around the globe and reaches back over the decades — small communities suffering as nature does its thing.

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How Insulating Concrete Forms Helped Save This Home

Posted by Heather Wallace

Aug 19, 2014 8:26:00 PM

Watch this incredible story from FLASH, A Tale of Two Homes: Superstorm Sandy. Donn Thompson of the Portland Cement Association explains the simple science of Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs).

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Make Wildfire Protection Your Burning Desire

Posted by Terry Sheridan

Aug 14, 2014 9:42:00 PM

Jeff Shapiro admits he should have known better about wildfire precautions. He is, after all, a fire protection engineer. Shapiro got his wakeup call in 2011.

The catastrophic Bastrop County wildfire of Labor Day weekend in 2011 burned 32,400 acres and destroyed almost 2,900 buildings – most of them homes – southeast of Austin in central Texas. It’s described as the most destructive wild land urban interface wildfire in Texas history.

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Light up a Party or a Jobsite with Clean Power

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Aug 14, 2014 1:51:00 PM

Got a big party? Or a building site that needs power? A Kohler Generator can provide economical, clean power.

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The Frontlines of Climate Change: Wildfire

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 31, 2014 11:06:00 AM

I have recently relocated from the rugged shores of the San Juan Islands in Washington to the craggy peaks of the San Juan Mountains in my beloved home state of Colorado—from the temperate softness of the cedars and hemlock to the majestic vigor of the spruce, firs, and pines.

I developed my love for forests long ago, when youthful compulsion drove me to alight the branches of any tree strong enough to bear my weight. Countless hours were spent fashioning tree houses that served as hideout, fort, or lair, depending on my whim. That love evolved as I engaged in the many joys and activities that the mountains offer, and ultimately helped define my career path.

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