Thursday, January 9, 2014
Was 2013 a Mild Disaster Year?
So what does this all mean? Do we sit back and relax? I don't think so. This week Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York met with Vice President Joe Biden and announced renewed programs in New York to develop resiliency to natural disasters. These efforts must continue as we face the effects of climate change, increased populations along the coasts and in earthquake zones, and the aging of the infrastructure in City's like New York. So while Mother Nature has been reasonably quiet in the US (although those who were hit with tornadoes and the recent deep freeze would likely dispute that premise), important work goes on. Savvy politicians and smart risk managers are working toward hardening and securing vulnerable assets.
We must not let down our guard. This is the time to move forward with many of the efforts discussed in earlier posts.