Lessons from Hurricane Irma for Increasing Resilience

Lessons from Hurricane Irma for Increasing Resilience

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, stakeholders and decision-makers are responding to and examining the storm’s impacts on Florida. To facilitate this discussion, the Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions (CUES) at Florida Atlantic University convened a summit, Lessons from Hurricane Irma for Increasing Resilience: From Practice to Revising Plans and Policy on Tuesday, November 28, 2017–1:00-5:00 pm, in Fort Lauderdale.

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South Florida will continue to be exposed to major hurricanes, therefore we need to continually engage stakeholders to refine plans and continue to develop a culture of preparedness.

We still have a long way to go to ensure that the most vulnerable members of society are included in evacuation and sheltering plans. This includes the elderly. Planning also needs to consider the large segment of the population that have pets and are not willing to abandon them during an emergency.

The more we can think holistically about how communities and buildings are designed, the more resilient we will be in the aftermath of disasters.

Nonprofits like Evacuteer.org based in New Orleans and KeysStrong.org in the Florida Keys recruit and involve citizen volunteers for preparedness and response to disasters. Many more communities could benefit from involving these and other nonprofit organizations into their planning efforts.

Interested in further collaboration?

Contact us to learn more about how FAU can help make your community more resilient.

Hosted by FAU’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions in partnership with:

  • FAU Harbor Branch
  • Institute for Healthy Aging and Lifespan Studies
  • Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES)
  • Freight Mobility Research Institute

with generous support from:
APA Florida Broward Section, Marine Industries Association of South Florida, KeyStrong.org, Celebration of the Sea


About CUES

The Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) is dedicated to helping communities and decision makers resolve urban and environmental issues through partnerships, education, and research throughout Florida and beyond. The Center works with policy-makers and the public in their pursuit of options for managing growth while preserving natural systems, promoting a strong economy and planning livable communities. Their broad constituency – consisting of local governments, state agencies, civic and business groups, academics, students, and professionals – supports, motivates, and benefits from the Center’s activities.

CUES is housed in the School of Urban & Regional Planning within the College of Design and Social Inquiry (CDSI). The Center works closely with undergraduate and graduate programs at CDSI and FAU’s School of Architecture, as well as with the Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES) and other centers.

Areas of Strength

  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Community Planning
  • Land Use Planning
  • Transportation Planning
  • Smart Growth & Sustainability
  • Resilience
  • Disasters and Emergency Preparedness
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CUES was established July I, 1972 by Dr. John M. DeGrove, under the original name of the Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems (Joint Center). The name was changed in 2002 to more accurately identify the shift of the Center from focusing on problems to implementable solutions. Read CUES’s Joint Center Summary Report 1983-1987