NCDP Perspectives

How to be ready in an age of low-tech terror: How New Yorkers should equip themselves, beyond ‘see something, say something’

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This post was originally published on December 12, 2017 in The Hill. Monday’s explosion in the underground corridor at 42nd St., much like the horrific attack in downtown Manhattan in October, reminds us that New York City is always in the crosshairs of terrorists. And as we have seen, terrorist organizations are constantly evolving their tactics. In addition to homemade bombs, lone-wolf terrorists can exact severe physical and psychological trauma simply with cars, knives and other low-tech weapons that require minimal planning and training to use to deadly effect. And these low-tech attacks are proving incredibly difficult to stop. Unfortunately, the traditional preparedness advice as presented by go-to websites like those of FEMA and the Red Cross do little to help citizens prepare for low-tech terrorist events. There is no doubt that the NYPD, FDNY, the Office of Emergency Management and other city agencies remain at the cutting edge of counterterrorism, and every New Yorker should feel confident and proud of the work they do to protect the Big Apple. But

March 27, 2018

Commentary: This Year’s Hurricane Season Was the Costliest Ever. Now What?

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This post was originally published on November 30, 2017 in Fortune. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have created the costliest hurricane season to date, but this is also part of a trend of increasing frequency of billion-dollar weather disasters. And it’s creating a stark reality for American companies today. As large-scale disasters become more common, businesses must do more to invest in disaster preparedness beyond their own infrastructure and business continuity plans. The new normal requires business leaders to invest in the resilience of the

March 27, 2018

Launching The Children’s Disaster Resiliency & Recovery Program (CDRR)

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Representing the culmination years of disaster research and policy analysis, the CDRR will build on the deep experience and expertise of NCDP to help communities recover from large-scale disasters as rapidly as possible, focusing on re-establishing new normal conditions, resilient child-serving institutions and building adaptation and resiliency among children and families.

October 18, 2017