The Wharton Risk Center’s reflections on the anniversary and progress in building resiliency are posted on the Risk Center’s website
Two recent publications are:
• Six Lessons From Katrina Loom Even Larger 10 Years Later (published online in Government Executive). Donald F. Kettl, Howard Kunreuther, and Ronald J. Daniels, editors of On Risk and Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, discuss six lessons from the book that loom even larger now 10 years after Katrina. http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/08/six-lessons-katrina-loom-even-larger-10-years-later/119166/
• Zurich North America and the Wharton Risk Center’s whitepaper Beyond Katrina: Lessons In Creating Resilient Communities, outlines new flood resilience strategies and identifies the need to devote more resources to preventive measures rather than post-event disaster relief, and overcoming current infrastructure vulnerabilities. https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/45511.
The release of Beyond Katrina coincides with a panel discussion on Aug. 27 in New Orleans. The five-member panel, moderated by acclaimed writer Michael Lewis, will discuss lessons from Katrina and how the storm dramatically changed the paradigm of how businesses, governments and communities manage pre-disaster planning and post-disaster recovery. The panelists are Zurich CEO Mike Foley; Wharton’s Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan; Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans; Gerard W. Barousse Jr., chairman of the Bayou District Foundation; and Dr. Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation.
Reducing the exposure to damage before disasters occur is one of the most important lessons to take from Hurricane Katrina. The Risk Center and its collaborators in the Zurich flood resilience alliance are working to design measurable solutions.
Thanks to Chris Jones for providing me with this information.