Northeast Hurricane Project Meeting
How can the Northeast states prepare for a major hurricane? A New York City conference held on March 19, 2008 focused on topics such as:
- Extent of the hurricane risk. This session will include meteorologists, modeling agencies, academics, etc.
- Lessons learned from multiple hurricanes in Florida, Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.
- Economic ramifications for insurers, reinsurers, individuals, states, municipalities, businesses, NGOs, etc.
- Role of the news media in covering hurricanes, disaster-preparedness and consumer education.
- Coordination of resources before and after an event.
There were three major goals for this meeting.
- Communicate to the public and the media that the risk of a catastrophic hurricane in the Northeast and New England is real and potentially devastating.
- Facilitate coordination and discussion among insurance organizations, local, state and federal emergency management agencies and others about actions that need to be taken now.
- Educate the public that preparing now for a hurricane will greatly improve the recovery process after a catastrophic storm.