NCDP Perspectives

Financing catastrophe: 4 ways we pay for disasters

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Like any healthy financial portfolio, disaster financing should be diverse. There is no single mechanism that should be overly relied upon at the expense of others. And an abundance of resources in one sector does not obviate the need from the others because every form of financing disaster has sweet spots and blind spots.

August 8, 2019

Five reasons not to underestimate Hurricane Florence

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As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast as a major hurricane, there is also a collective sigh of relief among many that the route of the storm avoided areas like Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico that are still recovering from the 2017 hurricane season. However, Hurricane Florence is still a monster of storm, the likes of which haven’t been seen in the Carolinas and Virginia for decades, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Here are five reasons why Florence, and any major

August 8, 2019

The Biggest Test Trump Faces With Hurricane Harvey

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This post was originally published on August 28, 2017 in Fortune. All presidents face disasters at some point in their tenure, and how they lead the nation through the response and recovery has a direct

March 27, 2018

Ebola Recovery: The Long View

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[Written February 2015] While the Ebola crisis has quietly exited mainstream media and public interest (Figure 1), over 15,000, Ebola survivors [1], [2] struggle to regain a semblance of normalcy in a complex environment of pre-existing poverty and post-conflict dynamics. Each country heavily impacted by Ebola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea has its own unique historical context which has influenced their ability respond to the Ebola crisis and plays an important role each country’s resiliency and recovery [3]. FIGURE 1 We are at a turning point in the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. With a steady downward trend of new cases (Figure 2) [4], and a current caseload of ~710 across all three countries (77% in Sierra Leone alone) , the situation is improving. The downward trend should not be interpreted to suggest that Ebola isn’t as deadly as it was before (it is), as the case fatality rate has not changed at all, remaining

September 9, 2015

Superstorm Sandy: A Long Path to Recovery

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Superstorm Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012, causing 117 deaths and inflicting billions of dollars of economic damages in the United States. Two years later the economic, environmental, health and social impacts are

October 29, 2014