The U.S. Department of Energy has led some of the discussions between policymakers and the industry, and Hoffman thinks the lessons learned from Sandy will be applied moving forward. That concept is appreciated by Stephen Flynn, director of the Center for Resilience Studies at Northeastern University in Boston.
“We always pat ourselves on the back because we cope pretty well when things go wrong,” he says. “But we have to get much better at planning for these events, preparing to withstand them better so we have less cost, less disruption, less consequence.”
And Flynn says considering all the things that can go wrong, there is still a lot more work the country needs to do to protect its fuel supply system.