Disaster losses are increasing, causing around $15 billion in damages annually. However big events such as Superstorm Sandy ($65 billion) and Hurricane Katrina ($125 billion) push those numbers much higher. Such losses are not sustainable now, nor will they be in the future. Instead of a focus on response and recovery, communities and the nation need to take a more proactive approach to reducing losses and managing risk. This talk highlights some of the opportunities for enhancing resilience across the nation drawing from the 2012 NRC Report, Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative.
Susan Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina where she directs the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute. She chaired the National Research Council Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters whch authored the report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative (2012).
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