Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience

  • Atlantic Council names Kathy Baughman McLeod, leading risk and resilience expert, as director of Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today named Kathy Baughman McLeod, a leading risk and resilience expert, as the director of its Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience.

    At a pivotal time defined by an increase in major natural disasters and disruptive events, Baughman McLeod will lead and expand the Center’s work to develop solutions to build the resilience capacity of individuals, communities and institutions facing three key challenges - climate change, migration and security.

    Baughman McLeod brings to the Atlantic Council a wealth of global experience and expertise in risk and resilience on issues that include climate change, natural disasters, financial tools, climate adaptation and insurance solutions.

    “Kathy is a high-energy strategist, thought leader, and operative in the business of creating innovative strategies and solutions to build resilience in communities and...

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  • Waiting for Eden Book Celebration & Launch of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience Bookshelf

    On November 16th, the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience launched its Resilience Bookshelf, which highlights prescient, compelling, and thought-provoking stories in which resilience is a central theme. Individual resilience lies at the heart of all the Bookshelf’s content, providing lessons for how to translate the concept of resilience into action against the range of major, system-wide challenges that societies face.

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  • The Evolving Wildfire Threat: Fewer, Larger Fires

    The fires that have wreaked havoc during this historic season—including the ongoing Woolsey and Camp Fires in California – are just the latest in a series of fast-moving and difficult-to-contain conflagrations to hit the United States in 2018.

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  • 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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  • SURGING SHORES – Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience Tabletop Discussion

    On September 18th, the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience convened a private, senior-level tabletop exercise in Newport, Rhode Island, to explore ways of better building resilience into our systems before the next disruption. The discussion, entitled SURGING SHORES and enabled by a simulation tool developed by Dutch digital infrastructure modeling company SIM-CI, elicited from participants their perspectives on policy and operational approaches aimed at improving resilience to natural hazards and manmade attacks. Participants included Navy Vice Admiral Mary Jackson; Major General Brian Callahan, The Adjutant General for Rhode Island; multiple members of the Newport, RI City Council; David Smith, former executive director of Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency; Rhode Island Homeland Security and Cyber Advisor, Mike Steinmetz; and Laura Favinger, chief administrative officer, Insurance Information Institute. Atlantic Council Board Directors Sherri Goodman and Frank Kramer played...
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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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  • Resilience Center Event on FEMA Mentioned in Hill Article

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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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