From Surviving to Thriving: Equity in Disaster Planning and Recovery

120 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2019

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Victor Byers Flatt

University of Houston Law Center; University of Houston Global Energy Management Institute

Alyson Flournoy

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Karen C. Sokol

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Robert R. M. Verchick

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Rebecca M. Bratspies

City University of New York - School of Law

Maxine Burkett

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law

John D. Echeverria

Vermont Law School

Daniel A. Farber

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

David Flores

Center for Progressive Reform

Evan Isaaceson

Center for Progressive Reform - CPR Policy Analyst

Alice Kaswan

University of San Francisco - School of Law

Christine A. Klein

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Sarah Lamdan

CUNY School of Law

Joel A. Mintz

Nova Southeastern University

Sidney A. Shapiro

Wake Forest University School of Law

Joseph P. Tomain

University of Cincinnati - College of Law

Katie Tracy

Center for Progressive Reform

Date Written: February 22, 2019

Abstract

The natural disasters of 2017-19 have exposed weaknesses in our preparation for disaster and climate change. What if we had paid attention — before disaster ensued — to how environmental protection and planning can prevent and minimize the harm that disasters cause to people, their housing, and the infrastructure of our cities, states, and territories? Steps to inform the public about risks, to adopt protective measures, and to enforce health, safety and environmental standards could have minimized the human suffering and loss and minimized the economic costs associated with recovery. This paper explores how such changes in various federal and state laws could make us more resilient.

Keywords: environment, environmental law, disaster, disaster law, RCRA, CERCLA, Emergency Waiver, EPCRA,FEMA, Planning, Migration, Relocation, Resilience, Stormwater, NEPA, Stafford Act, climate, Environmental Justice

JEL Classification: H12, H41, H54, H77, I14, I18, I31, K19, K32, Q01, Q51, Q54, Q58

Suggested Citation

Flatt, Victor Byers and Flournoy, Alyson and Sokol, Karen C. and Verchick, Robert R. M. and Bratspies, Rebecca M. and Burkett, Maxine and Echeverria, John D. and Farber, Daniel A. and Flores, David and Isaacson, Evan and Kaswan, Alice and Klein, Christine A. and Lamdan, Sarah and Mintz, Joel A. and Shapiro, Sidney A. and Tomain, Joseph P. and Tracy, Katie, From Surviving to Thriving: Equity in Disaster Planning and Recovery (February 22, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3340133 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3340133

Victor Byers Flatt (Contact Author)

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

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University of Houston Global Energy Management Institute ( email )

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Alyson Flournoy

University of Florida Levin College of Law ( email )

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Karen C. Sokol

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law ( email )

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Robert R. M. Verchick

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law ( email )

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Rebecca M. Bratspies

City University of New York - School of Law ( email )

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Maxine Burkett

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law ( email )

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John D. Echeverria

Vermont Law School ( email )

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Daniel A. Farber

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )

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David Flores

Center for Progressive Reform ( email )

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Evan Isaacson

Center for Progressive Reform - CPR Policy Analyst ( email )

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Alice Kaswan

University of San Francisco - School of Law ( email )

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Christine A. Klein

University of Florida Levin College of Law ( email )

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Sarah Lamdan

CUNY School of Law ( email )

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Joel A. Mintz

Nova Southeastern University ( email )

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Sidney A. Shapiro

Wake Forest University School of Law ( email )

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Winston-Salem, NC 27109
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Joseph P. Tomain

University of Cincinnati - College of Law ( email )

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Katie Tracy

Center for Progressive Reform

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Baltimore, MD 21201
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