How to survive a hurricane? Live in a rich nation

New York /
Nov.November 02, 2012 01:30 PM

What’s the best defense against violent weather? Living in a wealthy country, according to an opinion piece by Charles Kenny in Bloomberg Businessweek.

That’s because surviving — and recovering from — natural disasters is a pricey undertaking. Not only are infrastructural systems, such as sea walls and well-build structures, expensive, but so are food and medicine when prices rise as supply wanes.

Even though the storm only clipped the edge of the island of Haiti, Sandy killed a total of 52 people there, left 200,000 Haitians without homes and ravaged 70 percent of crops in the south of the island. Floodwaters remain across the country. “Haiti’s population is about half that of New York City’s metro area, yet even a glancing blow from Sandy carried a higher death toll in the Caribbean nation than did the direct hit on the Big Apple,” Kenny wrote.

As previously reported, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn have said that New York City has already done good work to accommodate for rising sea levels and climate change. Mayor Bloomberg has said it’s not necessary to invest in additional protective infrastructure, such as big bulkheads or offshore barrier reefs. [Bloomberg] — Zachary Kussin


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Photo via NYCEDC
NYC floats $5B coastline extension in Lower Manhattan climate plan
NYC floats $5B coastline extension in Lower Manhattan climate plan
Dan Doctoroff (Getty)
Dan Doctoroff stepping down from Sidewalk Labs, faces ALS battle
Dan Doctoroff stepping down from Sidewalk Labs, faces ALS battle
Bloomberg nabs 191K sf expansion with SL Green
Bloomberg nabs 191K sf expansion with SL Green
Bloomberg nabs 191K sf expansion with SL Green
From the rubble: How NYC real estate lived 9/11
From the rubble: How NYC real estate lived 9/11
From the rubble: How NYC real estate lived 9/11
Eric Adams (Getty, Robmagin1/Wikimedia)
Eric Adams, real estate, and the mystery of crime
Eric Adams, real estate, and the mystery of crime
Michael Bloomberg and the Westlands in Meeker, Colorado (Credit: Bloomberg by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Michael Bloomberg picks up $44M estate in Colorado
Michael Bloomberg picks up $44M estate in Colorado
Fairway at 480-500 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook and the O’Connell Organization's Greg O’Connell (Credit: Google Maps)
Fairway landlord: Private-equity owners ruined Red Hook store
Fairway landlord: Private-equity owners ruined Red Hook store
Mayor Bill de Blasio and subway damage caused by Hurricane Sandy (Credit: Getty Images)
Program to rebuild Sandy-damaged homes needs extra $92M
Program to rebuild Sandy-damaged homes needs extra $92M
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...