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A To-Do List for the Next Sandy
10/31/2014 at 11:21 pm - David Williams and Josh Saks


This article appeared in Roll Call on October 28, 2014

Two years ago, Superstorm Sandy exposed long-standing holes in our preparedness for natural disasters, sounding a massive alarm that more acute climate catastrophes were already at our doorstep. Two years later, the U.S. remains unprepared fiscally or physically for another Superstorm Sandy, with disaster planning still geared toward response rather than prevention. Now is the time to reset national policy to make New York and the rest of the country ready for the next serious disaster. The risks of our current ad-hoc approach are clear. Numerous fires and floods are draining dollars from disaster response programs all over the country. The National Flood Insurance Program, the federal agency charged with insuring homes in the path of floods, is sinking under more than $24 billion in debt piled up after hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy. It is time to change course and move disaster planning in a more sustainable direction. Rather than sticking to policies that fail to keep up with natural occurrences in our climate, lawmakers should make headway on a plan to make the country more resistant to catastrophe.

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