On August 27, 2017, amidst flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the National Weather Service (NWS) sent a tweet with a dire warning: “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced. Follow orders from officials to ensure safety. #Harvey”.
The hurricane which made landfall in Texas on Friday, August 25 and weakened to a tropical storm by Saturday, was “the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 13 years and the strongest to strike Texas since 1961’s Hurricane Carla,” according to the Associated Press.
As the disaster unfolded, citizens sprang into action, aiding the rescue efforts.
In an interview with News@Northeastern, Global Resilience Institute Founding Director Stephen Flynn said that Harvey brought into the spotlight a critical factor in community resilience: “the hidden capacity in civil society that comes out often in these events.”