Preventing The Next Katrina
Fifteen years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Mississippi coast. Today, climate change and the slow pace of building resilient communities is hastening the arrival of the next catastrophic U.S. hurricane event.
For the past 15 years, Katrina has reigned as the costliest insured natural catastrophe event on record (2005 US$ 60 billion), more than 2017’s Hurricanes Harvey and Irma combined. But how long will Katrina retain this title? Another hurricane that will devastate another major U.S. city is coming, it’s only a matter of when.
The “when” is coming much sooner than many expect, however, due to the confluence of several factors, including a warming climate and its impacts on tropical cyclones (TCs), limited action to make our cities and towns more resilient, and insurance coverage gaps within our communities. It is now time to make improvements before the inevitable occurs.
highlights the current scientific understanding of the relationship between hurricanes and climate, as well as a discussion of the three types of resilience that can help mitigate the risk from the next Katrina-like event.