EBC Connecticut Chapter Program: Extreme Weather & Climate Change – Recovering from the Past and Preparing for the Future
Storm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on October 29th, 2012. While the storm caused devastating damage in New York and New Jersey, due to its size significant impacts were felt as far north as Connecticut and Rhode Island. Widespread power outages, coastal flooding, and sewage overflows caused an estimated $360 million in damage to the State of Connecticut.
Recent events such as Sandy highlight the need for including climate change adaptation when recovering from and planning for extreme weather events. As sea levels rise, even relatively minor storms may cause significant damages as higher sea levels allow storm surge and waves to propagate further inland. In addition to predicted sea level rise, the IPCC predicts an increase in hurricane intensity under 21st century warming scenarios, and thus an increase in the frequency of the most intense storms.
The first annual EBC Connecticut Chapter program on extreme weather and climate change will provide overviews of recovery and resiliency efforts from municipal and state officials as well as the private sector.
Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.
Project Manager, RPS ASA
- George Bradner, Director, Property and Casualty Division, State Department of Insurance; Co-Chair of the FEMA Long Term Recovery Effors in Connecticut
- Jennifer Pagach, Climate Specialist, CT DEEP; Co-Chair, Cultural and Natural Resources – Long Term Recovery
- Denise Savageau, Conservation Director, Town of Greenwich, Co-Chair of the Statewide Infrastructure Adaptation Committee