Summit on Resilience

Summit on Resilience II: THE NEXT STORM
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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
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Additional support provided by American Express

Monday, October 20
Michael Schimmel Theater
3 Spruce St, Manhattan, NY 10038

As Memories of Sandy Fade, What Lessons Have Measurably Shaped Public-Private Partnerships in Ways that Bolster Urban Resilience?

For too long, even when history, science or security analysis reveals significant vulnerabilities, the societal and political response has been to discount the need to design both structures and policies with the worst in mind. Because there is also a tendency to forget lessons learned after the worst has happened, a kind of disaster amnesia sets in.

Conference Objective

In an intensive half-day session, leaders from key industries, divisions of government and research institutions will engage in a series of conversations focused on successes and failures in the wake of this historic storm and surge. The discussions will result in a short list of addressable steps or research opportunities that can build urban resilience through improved cooperation and communication between businesses, government and the public.

A broader outcome will be the development of a standardized post-mortem process for calamities of this sort, a template for convening an influential mix of executives, experts and officials who can efficiently find rational paths toward a more durable future.

Agenda Outline

  • Private and public sector panel discussion from an insurance/risk management perspective on physical restoration, insurance claims for loss of records, interruption of business and what worked well during Superstorm Sandy. Invited panelists include insurance sector, FEMA, and NY/NJ Office of Emergency Management representatives.
  • The impacts of a disaster or other disruptive event are magnified greatly if energy access cannot be sustained. The surge from Hurricane Sandy proved this point by cutting off electricity to a substantial portion of lower Manhattan and other boroughs and sharply curtailing supplies of transportation fuels in the metropolitan region. A panel including key experts from city government and Consolidated Edison explores how the public and private sectors have shifted practices since Sandy, but also examines what policies and norms still prevent cities from "bouncing forward" to more fundamentally resilient energy systems.
In the wake of Sandy, William H. Hooke, a senior policy fellow at the American Meteorological Society, used the history of aviation safety and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to describe what’s needed in disaster planning in a blog post: The NTSB mantra is not, “The wing fell off this airplane, but we’re going to rebuild it as before,” but rather, “What caused this accident? We have to make sure it never happens again.” We need an analog to the NTSB for natural hazards. This meeting is an attempt to sketch out what that may look like.