Big Weather and Coastal Cities
Resilience in the Face of Disaster


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, this Forum event explored how people and cities rebound from devastating natural disasters and how they prepare for new catastrophes. With millions of people living in coastal cities, coupled with changing weather patterns, natural disasters present significant public health and policy implications  — from managing crises, to safeguarding infrastructure, to bolstering and leveraging the resilience of people and cities.

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  • Deepak Dhungel

    Let us also share about our knowledge, ideas and preparedness also on other issues to make sure that the larger agenda of climate change is also dealt which will automatically include Sandy and others.

  • Daniel Kauffman

    Should residents of coastal areas consider long-term relocation plans away from coastal areas?

  • Christina Roache

    Due to the recent events of Hurricane Sandy four questions came to mind:

    Firstly, how does mitigation, preparedness, and response activities impact the recovery phase of an emergency. Can you also please provide examples.
    Secondly, What is the difference between locally based, regionally based and nationally based structures for disaster management — with examples.
    Thirdly, How can we compare mitigation and preparedness activities with examples. What are the advantages and shortcomings of both?
    Lastly, Why do you think coordination of recovery efforts is so important? What kinds of things could go wrong in the absence of strong coordination mechanisms?

  • Christina Roache

    Should we have a plan on how to secure hospitals and the people who leave the community [during and after disasters]?