Post Hurricane Sandy: Rebuilding Resilient Communities 

      HUD and the Netherlands Sign Disaster Planning MOU

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, pledging to collaborate on exploring technical solutions to rising sea levels as an approach to mitigating the impact of future natural disasters.  With 60% of the country’s land area below sea level, the Dutch have implemented mitigation strategies to allow for controlled flooding in formerly developed areas.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Secretary Donovan, who also chairs President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, took the lead in signing the MOU with the Netherlands outlining areas of cooperation over the next five years to develop strategies to mitigate increasingly frequent flooding disasters. 

HUD News Release: HUD and the Netherlands Agree to Collaborate on Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable PlanningBi-lateral understanding to promote closer ties on mitigating impact of futurnatural disasters, News Release No.13-032, March 4, 2013

Video: Secretary Donovan and Melanie Schultz van Haegen sign disaster planning Memorandum of Understanding YouTude, Mar 4, 2013.

Can Dutch Ingenuity Help Save U.S. from Future Natural Disasters? By Larry Luxner, The Washington Diplomat, May 2013.

Going With the Flow: The Dutch have turned to ‘controlled flooding,’ a lesson for New York after Sandy, New York Times, Michael Kimmelman, February 17, 2013.

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