A Research-Based Introduction
Edited By Alexander Siedschlag
4 Beyond the Storms: Implementing Smart Resilience in Turbulent Times
Beyond the Storms: Implementing Smart Resilience in Turbulent Times
DANE S. EGLI
There is no safe harbor to avoid the impact of catastrophic events—“physical” disasters, such as extreme weather, earthquakes, and terrorism, or those that are “virtual,” such as chemicals, infectious diseases, money, and electrons—and their direct or indirect consequences on the homeland. We face rapidly changing times, globally and nationally, marked by complexities and uncertainties that force us to make difficult decisions about homeland security and community preparedness.1 This chapter suggests a new approach that leverages whole-of-nation and private-sector capabilities to systematically strengthen preparedness and resilience.
The destabilizing impact of recent disasters has provoked a reactionary posture that is not necessarily in the long-term interests of community preparedness. Beyond the unquantifiable human costs associated with hazards, figures from 2011 reveal that economic damages from natural disasters in the United States exceeded $55 billion.2 In 2012, there were many domestic disasters, including Superstorm Sandy, lethal wildfires, regional droughts, domestic terrorism,3 and the spread of West Nile virus. While we must address immediate crises and apply the lessons learned from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, this study looks “Beyond the Storms” of pressing events to identify strategic opportunities that would make the nation better prepared and more secure through a new focus on systemic resilience based on quantifiable metrics and standards.
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