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Volume 17, issue 8 | Copyright
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 1357-1373, 2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 09 Aug 2017

Research article | 09 Aug 2017

Enhancing resilience to coastal flooding from severe storms in the USA: international lessons

Darren M. Lumbroso et al.
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Recent coastal floods in the USA have highlighted a lack of resilience in poor communities. By researching successes from Bangladesh and Cuba, this paper details how lessons from these countries can reduce the vulnerability of less well-off or isolated American citizens to future coastal storm surges. The relevance of the lessons learnt from Cuba and Bangladesh to the USA was assessed. Transferable lessons include the importance of volunteerism and education in developing a “culture of safety”.
Recent coastal floods in the USA have highlighted a lack of resilience in poor communities. By...