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Resilience in the Face of Disaster

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. 

People leave a neighborhood as water continues to rise following Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi on August 25, 2017, dumped nearly 50 inches of rain in and around Houston. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)