Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience

  • Rapid Intensification of Hurricanes: A Threat That Requires Resilient Responses

    Eighty-three hours before making landfall on October 10, the storm that would eventually become Hurricane Michael had sustained winds of less than 30 mph. Four days later, it devastated the Gulf Coast. With 155 mph winds, Michael was one of the most powerful storms to ever strike the United States. This process of rapid intensification just offshore has also occurred in three of the four most destructive storms to hit the country (see graphic).

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  • Lessons from Hurricane Andrew

    Hurricane Michael—with winds of 155 mph when it made landfall on October 10—is one of the most powerful storms to ever strike the United States. While no level of preparedness can eliminate the significant threat that hurricanes like Michael pose, Florida is better prepared than many other states to weather the effects of major storms.

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  • Tracking Hurricane Florence

    Predicting a hurricane’s potential impact is a complex endeavor, based on a range of factors including geography, storm surge, rainfall, gale diameter, storm speed, wind speed, and many others. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale—adopted in the wake of Hurricane Camille in 1973 to help communicate hurricane risks to the public in a more understandable way and later simplified—is derived solely from wind speed, however. 

    While Saffir-Simpson provides a useful shorthand, it cannot capture the full magnitude of damage that a potential hurricane may inflict.  In fact, twelve of the thirty-six most damaging storms to make landfall in the United States since 1950 have been Category 1 or 2 storms, and many of these hurricanes were accompanied by significant storm surges and floods.

    Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 2 as it makes its final approach to the Carolina coastline, still has the potential to inflict severe damage.

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  • Ready and Resilient: A Discussion with FEMA Deputy Administrator for Resilience Dr. Daniel Kaniewski

    On July 17, the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience hosted Dr. Daniel Kaniewski, deputy administrator for resilience at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for a public event to discuss FEMA’s response to the 2017 hurricane season, its four-year strategic plan, and its new FEMA Resilience organization – a major new initiative aimed at better integrating the Agency’s insurance, mitigation, preparedness, continuity, and grant program. 

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  • Atlantic Council Launches New Podcast Resilient World, Featuring Thought Leaders Discussing How Resilience Can Help Address Global Threats

    WASHINGTON, DC - Today the Atlantic Council launched Resilient World,a new podcast that features thought leaders sharing their views on resilience and how it can help with disruptions and challenges, from global health security to climate change, countering violent extremism, and many more.

    Hosted by Christine Wormuth, director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience, Season One of Resilient Worldtakes listeners behind the scenes as guests Lisa Monaco, Thad Allen, Amy Pope, Peter Neffenger, and Ray Mabus describe how they managed complex and challenging situations like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, and the 2014 Ebola crisis.

    The first two episodes of Resilient World – available now – feature Lisa Monaco, former homeland security and counterterrorism advisor to President Barack Obama, and Thad Allen, former commandant of the...

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  • Wormuth Quoted in the New York Times on Reducing US Forces in South Korea


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  • Wormuth Joins CBC to Discuss US Strikes on Syria


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  • Wormuth Quoted in Reuters on Syria Crisis


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  • Wormuth Quoted in Vox on Rex Tillerson's Departure


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  • Wormuth Joins VOA to Discuss China's Beijing's Term Limit Decision


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