Recent Flooding In India: What We Can Learn and How Can We Do Better?

The southern Indian State of Kerala has been blanketed by floods over the past few weeks and has experienced their heaviest rainfall in almost 100 years 1. While India receives monsoon rains every summer, rainfall totals in Kerala this year, have been almost 37 percent higher than last year 2. “Having colleagues here in Maryland who have been affected by major flood events, and having worked on Hurricane Katrina, and now with friends back in India facing many of the same challenges, this hits home” says VPC President, and Disaster Planner, Deepa Srinivasan. The Indian State of Kerala The number of people affected from the flood events range from 220,000 3 to over 1 million people in evacuati

VPC’s President Graduates from the Goldman Sachs 10KSB Program

VPC is thrilled to announce that our President, Deepa Srinivasan, graduated from the 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) program earlier this week. The 16-week program is designed to provide small business owners the information, tools, and skills necessary to take their businesses to the next level. Between classroom instruction, clinics, mentoring services, and a practical planning project, 10KSB scholars are equipped with the skillsets and confidence to better position their businesses in a competitive market. "10KSB was a phenomenal experience. It gave me a deeper understanding and appreciation of small businesses that operate quite differently from ours. Together, we truly are the economic

VPC Presents at TUgis

VPC presented at TUgis - Maryland’s Geospatial Conference, at Towson University on Wednesday, August 8th. Our topic, Sea Level Change, Flood Estimates, and Historic Structures: Identifying Risk and Vulnerability in Four Talbot County Villages, was one of only four presentations in the “GIS in our Communities” track. Our case study was conducted in partnership with the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC), and delivered a comprehensive look at the flood vulnerability of historic and cultural resources in the County’s four villages and to improve resiliency. VPC’s presentation opened to a packed room. "So many people clustered in the doors that many more hopeful attendees had to be t

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