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Building resilience for the new normal: lessons from Hurricane Florence

ISET-International has published a post event review of the impacts of Hurricane Florence, identifying lessons learned and providing recommendations for enhancing flood resilience. The study, ‘Hurricane Florence: Building resilience for the new normal’, was written in collaboration with the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance.

On September 14th 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina as a category 1 hurricane. Florence’s extremely slow progression inland, coupled with its status as the wettest tropical storm to hit the Carolinas, resulted in catastrophic flooding. The study looks in detail at the floods and their consequences and provides the following key takeaways:

  • Weather events are changing in nature as climate has visibly changed and sea levels have visibility risen;
  • Economic motivators can be used as levers for both action and inaction;
  • Floods contribute to marginalizing vulnerable communities;
  • The Saffir-Simpson Scale is not sufficient to explain hurricane consequences;
  • Shift from siloed interventions to a holistic approach;
  • Now is the time to act on building in community-level resilience;
  • Critically assess where all stakeholders chose to build;
  • Insurance plays an important role in resilience.

Read the report.

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