Experts Available to Discuss Hurricanes, Natural Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery

June 3, 2015

This year's hurricane season — which coincides with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — is predicted to be milder than past years, but devastating storms and damaging storm surges remain possible. Experts from the RAND Corporation's RAND Gulf States Policy Institute are available to discuss how communities can best prepare for hurricanes, recover from hurricane damage and how leaders can better plan for future climate crises.

Storm surge and flood risk

Jordan Fischbach, co-director, RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center. Topics: storm surge and coastal flood risk analysis; adapting to a changing climate; water resources management and infrastructure planning.

Hurricane protection efforts

Gary Cecchine, director of research at the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute. Topics: emergency response and planning for natural and man-made disasters.

David Groves, co-director, RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center. Topics: developing comprehensive long-term strategies for hurricane flood risk reduction and coastal landscape sustainability; climate adaptation planning in coastal regions and for water resources agencies.

Climate change

Robert J. Lempert, director of RAND's Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition. Topics: climate change, decision-making under uncertainty, natural resource management, and infrastructure planning.

Community resilience

Joie Acosta, behavioral scientist. Topics: the need for comprehensive disaster case-management planning; how community resilience factors into national health security; the role of nongovernmental agencies in disaster resilience.

Anita Chandra, director of RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment program. Topics: community resilience, why an “all-hazards” approach to disaster preparedness planning and effective local planning is critical; the role of nongovernmental organizations in helping people recover from disasters over the long-term.

Catastrophic insurance

Lloyd Dixon, director, RAND Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation. Topics: pricing and take-up of flood insurance; wind and earthquake insurance markets, compensation for disaster-related losses.

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