Emergency Management in Philadelphia: a Q&A with Adam Thiel

As the sixth largest city in the United States, Philadelphia faces a myriad of risks. Last fall we sat down with Adam Thiel, Director of the Office of Emergency Management of the City of Philadelphia, to learn more about his role with our home city. Read More

Addressing the Social Costs of De-Energizing Power Lines to Reduce Wildfire Risk

“In order to minimize wildfire risk, California’s electric utilities will sometimes de-energize lines in high risk conditions” Derek Nong, an undergraduate in the Vagelos Integrated Program for Energy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, writes in this blog post.Read More

PennApps 2020 – Hack for Resilience

From Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13, the third annual the Hack-for-Resilience competition (“H4R”) was hosted by Wharton Risk Center and the Insurance Information Institute’s (“Triple-I”) Resilience Accelerator as part of the PennAppsXXI hackathon. Read More

Low-Income Households Should Be Prioritized After Disaster Strikes

Low-income households too often slip through the cracks of relief and recovery assistance. In many cases, this is by design. Our disaster policies do not provide equitable help, leaving those most in need with insufficient resources to respond and rebuild. Originally posted on The Hill, read this Op-Ed from Carolyn Kousky and Carlos Martin.Read More