Learning from Sandy: Is Philadelphia prepared for the next natural disaster?
Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)
Philadelphia, United States
5:30 - 6:15 Registration
6:15 - 7:30 Program
7:30 - 8:30 Reception
The reception will feature information tables hosted by the following organizations:
Music will be provided by Sweetbriar Rose.
- Scott Gabriel Knowles (Moderator), Associate Professor, Drexel University and author of The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America
- Alex Dews - Policy and Program Manager, Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Sustainability
- Chris Linn - Manager, Office of Environmental Planning, DVRPC
- Howard Kunreuther, Co-Director, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center and James G. Dinan Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Join us for our February Urban Sustainability Forum as we consider the lessons we have learned from Hurricane Sandy and what will be required to make Philadelphia more resilient to storms, extreme weather, and other expected impacts of climate change in the future.
The past 10 years were the costliest in U.S. history for natural disasters. Hurricane Sandy left 131 Americans dead, more than 6 million without power, and $50 billion worth of damages, making it the second most destructive Atlantic hurricane behind Katrina. While Greater Philadelphia was largely spared, neighboring cities along the Jersey Shore and in New York faced property damage, widespread flooding, power outages, crippled transportation systems, and loss of life. These extreme events are expected to grow in frequency and intensity because of climate change.
Publicly subsidized insurance and federal disaster relief provide much needed support to damaged communities when these disasters occur, but this assistance may also encourage unnecessary risk taking by making it easier to build in vulnerable areas.
At this Urban Sustainability Forum, panelists will discuss how we can use our knowledge from Hurricane Sandy to reduce our vulnerability and manage the risk of building and living in hazard-prone areas through better planning, engineering, and policy.