Superstorm Sandy left in its wake extensive power outages and fuel shortages, highlighting both our society’s dependence on a fully functioning energy sector, and its vulnerability to disasters. The devastation left by the storm and the disruption to the metro-New York/New Jersey area highlights the importance of taking collective steps towards advancing greater resilience in the electric power and fuel supply infrastructures.
With a grant provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Center for Resilience Studies at Northeastern University is undertaking a project that helps to ensure that Superstorm Sandy informs efforts to prepare major cities to better withstand, more rapidly recover from and adapt to the risk of large-scale disasters. The project involves four symposiums co-organized and co-hosted by New York University, Columbia University, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Stevens Institute of Technology. These symposiums bring together senior representatives from the public sector and industry leaders and experts from across the country to meet with their New York/New Jersey metropolitan area counterparts.
The second symposium, “After Superstorm Sandy: Lessons Learned for Bolstering Energy Resilience,” will take place on September 17th at the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness of New York University. This daylong event will ask the invited participants to answer the following:
- What near-term actions can be taken by the government, private organizations, and the general public to strengthen energy resilience?
- What near-term actions can be taken by elements of the energy infrastructure sector to advance resilience by mitigating the risk of disruption by flood and wind, and by accelerating the speed of recovery after a major storm?
- How can interdependencies, essential to ensuring resilience, in energy delivery and use be better understood in advance?
- How should weather forecasting tools, including sensors, mapping and visualization, be refined to better support decision makers who must take actions in advance of a storm to mitigate risk, and following a storm to support recovery?
- How can communication and coordination be improved amongst elements of the energy infrastructure across the metro-New York/New Jersey region?
- What new initiatives, tools, processes, and incentives for bolstering energy infrastructure resilience regionally and nationally should be considered for development?
Please find the following read-ahead materials for each of the sector forums by clicking on the topic:
Transportation Resilience (Stevens Institute Symposium 25 June 2013)
Energy Resilience (NYU Symposium 17 September 2013)
Health Systems and Services Resilience (Columbia University Symposium 3 December 2013)