Disasters give planning lessons and opportunities


Caribbean islands lashed by recent hurricanes and Mexican towns and neighborhoods heavily damaged by two powerful earthquakes are still struggling to clean up, restore electricity and provide safe drinking water. But once the immediate crisis is past, they should seize the chance to rebuild for a more resilient future, experts say. “Resilience is about anticipating the known shocks and stresses, but also the unknown,” says Eugene Zapata-Garesché, regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the New York-based nonprofit 100 Resilient Cities. “Resilience, when applied to a catastrophic event, can bring new and diverse solutions to a problem.” In Mexico, as many as 400 people are believed to have died in the magnitude 8.1 quake that struck the southern part of the country on Sept. 8, and in a second temblor measuring 7.1, which hit closer to Mexico City on Sept. 19. Hurricanes Irma and Maria plowed... [Log in to read more]

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