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The extreme cold that gripped a large part of the country this week is beginning to let up, but not without leaving some damage in its wake. The unusually frigid temperatures cut power to thousands, forced auto plants to close and caused airlines to delay flights.

Global Resilience Institute Director for Research and Chief Innovation Officer Phil Anderson spoke with Marketplace reporter Ben Bradford around the impacts of the frosty temperatures to infrastructure — and what must be done to prepare for more extreme weather events in the future.

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In 2016, the Global Resilience Institute began a project to study infrastructure and governance resilience lessons resulting from record-breaking snowstorms that occurred in the Boston metro region between January 24 and February 22, 2015. With support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s Resilient Systems Division and the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection, GRI authored and published a final report: Boston Under Snow: Resilience Lessons for the Nation.

The report benefited from numerous interviews with affected citizens across multiple communities, relevant public and private sector officials, and engineers who studied the storms’ impact on the region’s critical infrastructure. It presents findings and recommendations for other metro regions dealing with similar risks, or similarly interdependent infrastructure systems. The full report can be accessed here: Boston Under Snow: Resilience Lessons for the Nation.