A Reset for U.S. Natural Hazards Policy? Lessons from Harvey, Irma, and Maria

A Reset for U.S. Natural Hazards Policy? Lessons from Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Save the Date: November 15-16, 2017

Location: 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005 in the auditorium of the American Association for the Advancement of Science building

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(An e-mail invite will be sent upon registration to join the pre-workshop discussion on Trellis)

Background: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria subjected the United States and its sovereign territory to an unexpected and unwelcome stress test. While fatalities were low, they were still too high. Thousands of homes were permanently lost due to extensive flooding and high winds, and many more were damaged. The resulting devastation is felt not only locally, but also nationally. While we saw effective public-private coordination, it was primarily in terms of emergency response and early stages of recovery, versus long-term planning.

Topics of Interest:

  • U.S. vulnerability to Harvey, Irma, and Maria ratcheted up slowly but inexorably over many years, even though the growing risks were evident. What is it about human psychology, or social behavior, or prevailing public policy that led to these disasters? Why did they happen anyway?
  • What is the scope of the national challenge? How many scenarios like this are building in the wings?
  • What emerging public, private sector innovations might help reduce risk to future natural hazards?
  • What are the most promising place-based and federal policy options for reducing future U.S. risk? How do public, private and academic partnerships fit into these policy options?


If you have any questions, please contact Kenza Sidi-Ali-Cherif at kenzasac@ametsoc.org, or by phone at (202) 355-9812.