Natural Disaster

October 11, 2017

As Hurricane Opal ambled its way up the Gulf of Mexico during the first week of October 1995, the National Hurricane Center predicted the Category 1 storm would make landfall somewhere between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach in the Florida Panhandle as a Category 2 hurricane. That was around... read more

As the flood waters recede and Houston begins the long, arduous process of recovery, the value of resilience cannot be overlooked.

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September 01, 2017

Estimates of what it will cost to address the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Harvey are projected to be somewhere in the range of $160 billion, with work that will be required in Texas accounting for most of that total.

August 28, 2017

As Hurricane Harvey barrels towards the Texas coastline, slating to become the first Category 3 hurricane to hit the country in almost 12 years, residents of the Gulf Coast are bracing for extreme flooding from both rainfall and storm surge. As of 2 p.m. West Coast time, Harvey has sustained... read more

August 23, 2017

What is resilience? What does it mean for Norfolk? Urban resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. It represents a city’s ability... read more

August 17, 2017

As of July 7, there have been nine weather and climate disaster events in 2017 that saw losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States, according to NOAA - marking a trend that will likely continue to grow.

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April 20, 2017

Infrastructure failures are always costly, dangerous and often disastrous. They are occurring all too often these days and are simply symptomatic of the overall state of the country’s infrastructure. 

December 01, 2016

Billion-dollar natural disasters used to strike the United States once or twice a year. But since 1980, such events have occurred five to 10 times annually. These catastrophes threaten public safety, disrupt daily activities, and lead to economic losses.

October 06, 2016

As utility workers are mobilized to restore service knocked out by the storm, this real-life emergency scenario will test investments in stronger infrastructure and response.

August 18, 2016

Better planning, stricter construction standards, and expanded insurance can help cities prepare for the next "1,000-year rain." But they won't be enough. With an estimated 40,000 homes damaged, 30,000 people rescued, and 11 known dead, the Louisiana floods are a natural disaster of astonishing... read more

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