U.S. Needs Smarter Disaster Planning

U.S. Needs Smarter Disaster Planning

Disaster-struck communities tend to rebuild from floods and violent storms using decision making tools that rely too much on past data, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said yesterday. But that won't be helpful with sea-level rise and other unpredictable climate change-related risks of the future. "The lesson we keep learning is that past data is not keeping up with changing environmental trends, population densities, technology," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate during a gathering at the National Academy of Sciences focused on resilience. "Can we build back to what the past data says? If you look at sea-level rise ... how do you build for future risk when in many cases you have inadequate past data, and it's not taking into account future risk and future trends?" he asked. Read More: Scientific American
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