As the climate changes and storms intensify, many communities will continue to find themselves in harm’s way. Local and national leaders will need data to guide difficult decisions and rebuild.
A decade ago, the devastating Hurricane Katrina exposed the poverty and vulnerability of many residents who had nowhere to go. In the storm’s aftermath, New Orleans faced the urgent challenge to not just rebuild the city but also strengthen its social infrastructure. The Urban Institute provided insights and evidence to direct recovery and rebuilding efforts where they were most needed.
Today, each city faces its own set of challenges as it braces for new threats. When disaster strikes, forward-looking leaders must be prepared with plans that are inclusive of all residents and grounded in data about what works.