Center for American Progress

: Fmr. FEMA Administrator on Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy
Past Event

Fmr. FEMA Administrator on Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy

How Americans Can Recover From and Prepare for Extreme Weather

Center for American Progress
2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT

Following the historic floods in Houston and devastating hurricane damage in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, Congress has the chance not only to direct much-needed aid to families and communities, but also to use the lessons learned from past recoveries—including Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina—to rebuild communities that are more resilient to future floods and extreme weather events.

Join the Center for American Progress and former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, who will discuss his experience following Superstorm Sandy. His remarks will be followed by a panel of experts who will highlight different aspects of the recovery, including best practices for building resilient infrastructure, public health challenges in the wake of disasters, and the need for aid to flow to historically disadvantaged communities simultaneously dealing with flood damage, toxic waste, and air pollution in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Introductory Remarks:
John Podesta, Founder, Center for American Progress

Keynote Remarks and Discussion:
Former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate

Distinguished Panel:
Michele Roberts, National Co-Coordinator, Environmental Justice Health Alliance
Dr. Winifred Hamilton, Director of the Environmental Health Service, Baylor College of Medicine
Rebecca Kagan Sternhell, Deputy Director and General Counsel, Office of Federal Affairs, New York City Mayor’s Office

Christy Goldfuss, Vice President, Energy and Environment Policy, Center for American Progress