02 Nov '12, 3pm

Lessons from Sandy: Building with Resilience in Mind

The need for emergency response will never go away. But we shouldn’t resign ourselves to the idea that emergencies will necessarily continue to grow in scope, number and impact, just because our society is growing in numbers, in property exposure, and in economic activity. We can grow our society’s resilience to such events. We can reduce the geographical extent and the population adversely affected by future events. We actually have a shining example, one we can build on: Commercial aviation. I’ve blogged on this before . Over the past fifty years, property loss to natural hazards has been growing exponentially. Experts (e.g., Roger Pielke, Jr. and his collaborators) have shown this to be the result of growing population and property exposure in hazardous areas. [See, for example, this link , or posts sprinkled among the entries in his blog , and the references therein.] ...

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