Recovery and Adaptation

prior to beginning work on this discussion, read the articles 6 Rules for Rebuilding Infrastructure in an Era of Unprecedented Weather Events (Links to an external site.), After Sandy: Why We Cant Keep Rebuilding on the Waters Edge (Links to an external site.), and Rebuilding After Disasters: 5 Essential Reads (Links to an external site.).

Albert Einstein is often quoted as having said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. There is no definitive evidence that Einstein ever said this. We do not know who really said it, but I like to imagine it was first said by an emergency manager.

After a disaster, how should we rebuild? Should we rebuild in floodplains? How about in areas that are continually hit by wildfires? How do we adapt to climate change? What kind of construction standards should we look at?

Choose a natural disaster such as a flood, hurricane, wildfire, or tornado. For your chosen disaster answer the following questions:

  • Should rebuilding be allowed?
  • Should there be any building restrictions or standards?
  • What infrastructure improvements should be made?
  • Is there any legislation you would recommend?
  • Should there be any adaptations for climate change?

Your initial post should be at least 300 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.


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