Improving the Nation’s Resilience to Hazards and Disasters
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. Without proactive approaches to help communities anticipate and withstand disasters, post-event damages will continue to be very costly. Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative, a new report from the National Academies, proposes a national vision of how to increase disaster resilience by the year 2030.
The report provides a mix of policy and actionable recommendations at the federal, state, and local levels, including ways to measure progress toward becoming a more resilient nation.
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