Disaster Resilience in America — Symposium Nov. 30
Economic damages from natural disasters topped $55 billion in the United States in 2011, with 14 events costing more than $1 billion each in damages. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy — which alone has been estimated to cost more than $60 billion in property and economic loss — state and national leaders have recognized the need to strengthen the country’s resilience to disasters.
Following the recent release of the National Research Council report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative, the National Academy of Sciences will host a public event in Washington, D.C., to launch a yearlong, nationwide effort to foster conversations about improving disaster resilience.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will provide perspectives on resilience in light of Hurricane Sandy. State and local officials will join members of nongovernmental organizations and private industry in panel discussions on developing a culture of resilience and turning a vision for resilience into action.
Disaster Resilience in America: Launching a National Conversation will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. Those who cannot attend in person may watch a live video webcast at http://nationalacademies.org. For a full agenda and to register for the event or webcast, go to http://nas-sites.org/resilience/events/.