GRI Director on Hurricane Irma, preparedness and resilience – On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Global Resilience Institute

With weather events becoming more intense, society needs to be better prepared – and think about what can be done in advance, in order to “bake in” resilience.

Global Resilience Institute Founding Director Dr. Stephen Flynn shared these thoughts on Monday, during NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

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“We’ve got to stop treating these as rare events and start building resilience into infrastructure to better withstand these events and recover,” Flynn stressed. He added, “Nine out of 10 Americans, if they stay put for 30 years, are probably going to be affected by some disaster…we can’t afford not to make these investments.”

Flynn was joined by Benjamin Kirtman, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Miami and Patricia Mazzei, reporter at the Miami Herald covering Irma, on the Monday morning show.


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[Featured image: A rough surf surrounds Boynton Beach inlet as Hurricane Irma hits in Boynton Beach, Fla. (Jim Rassol/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)]