One prominent feature of the summer here in the U.S. has been the attempts by multiple public institutions to reflect upon the disaster which was Hurricane Sandy and extract lessons to guide future policy and development. In June, the New York Building Congress Task Force on New York City Storm Preparedness release the report Risk & Resiliency After Sandy. That report identified a number of mechanisms for reducing the city's vulnerability to extreme weather events including hardening utility grids, emergency planning and response, making buildings more resilient, and making infrastructure more redundant.
- Promoting resilient building, based on current and future risks
- Ensuring a regionally coordinated, resilient approach to infrastructure investment
- Providing families safe, affordable housing options and protecting homeowners
- Supporting small businesses and revitalizing local economies
- Addressing insurance challenges, understanding, and accessibility
- Building local government's capacity to plan for long-term rebuilding and prepare for future disasters