Assessing damage from Hurricane Harvey.
Katrina, Irene, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria: each of these hurricanes and superstorms wreaked havoc on people’s lives, homes and businesses. Our Property Loss Consulting practice frequently visits sites immediately after disaster has struck. The conditions we encounter are often dire – we find rubble, homes without roofs, and disrupted water, power and sanitary services. Through analyzing performance following disasters, we have gained a deep understanding of how buildings and infrastructure respond to extreme events, and how we can improve their resilience.
Thornton Tomasetti has provided resilience services, including multi-hazard risk assessments, flood mitigation design, and emergency response planning, to a range of public and private clients. Among these were two large medical centers in New York and New Jersey, with which we have continued to work ever since they were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Our team was hired to conduct multi-hazard risk assessments and develop resilience strategies to ensure that these organizations and their facilities are prepared for known threats as well as potential future risks, such as those posed by climate change. The goal was to rebuild the campuses to make them more resilient by reflecting on the past, while also placing a strong emphasis on the future. We’ve been engaged in 28 resilience projects around the world since Superstorm Sandy. Just last year, we sent 69 employees to disaster areas to provide rapid, expert response to recent catastrophes.
To learn more about our disaster response and resilience work, please see page 10 of our recently released 2017 Sustainability Report.
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