Little pig, little pig
Let me come in
Not by the hair on my chinny, chin, chin
Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in.
Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force has released a report urging Americans to be like the little pig who built his house of bricks, not the unfortunate little pigs who built their houses of straw and sticks. The warning is the Big, Bad Wolf isn't done yet, not yearly. He's coming back.
The 200-page report contains 69-recommendations for action, on a regional scale, to prepare for future natural disasters of increasing frequency and severity. It focuses on improving government responses both in nature and timing and on encouraging reconstruction standards to better meet what's likely coming.
Donovan said the strategy would serve as a model for communities across the US facing such risks. The report calls for more streamlined assistance for such communities, and explores how to advance energy infrastructure, to ward off outages and fuel shortages and better telecommunications in areas likely to be crippled by power failures.
In the past year alone, there have been 11 separate weather- and climate-related disasters across the US, with estimated losses at $1bn each, Donovan said. Sandy was the second costliest hurricane in US history, after Katrina, which in 2005 caused $108bn in damage, or $128bn adjusted to 2012 dollars, according to the National Hurricane Center report earlier this year.
"We know that every dollar we spend today on hazard mitigation saves us at least $4 in avoided costs if a disaster strikes again" said Donovan. "By building more resilient regions, we can save billions in taxpayer dollars."