This Blog covers the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's series of podcasts, teleconferences, and live programs dedicated to Disaster Preparedness and Response. It addresses issues arising out of disasters caused by foreign and domestic acts of terrorism, by negligent acts, by natural events and by threats to our cyber-security and will confront the issues of preparedness, risk management, recovery and response, liability, insurance, claims and litigation.
The challenges of anticipating and responding to disasters were painfully clear in reviewing the events before and during Hurricane Irene. Everyone knew it was coming, and what the possible threats were, but could only guess at precisely where it would strike and how severe the impact would be. New York City battened down the hatches, but New Jersey and Vermont took the hardest hits. Rain and not storm surge turned out to have the most significant impact. Power outages, road closures and flooding are ongoing. The question of who will pay for the recovery, and where the money will come from, is unanswered. These and other issues will be discussed in the ABATIPS teleconference series in September. For more information about the TIPS Disaster Initiative, please click here.