The Policy Incubator supports novel approaches for increasing resilience through the development of visionary ideas, encouragement of innovative thinkers, and the advancement of workable on-the-ground solutions.

Overview

The Policy Incubator is:

A thought leader, soliciting and supporting innovative and potentially transformative approaches to building resilience.

A test kitchen, where promising policies are analyzed and researched, giving support and grounding to visionary ideas.

An independent convener, bringing together diverse sectors to dissect challenges in order to design new solutions.

A bridge between disciplines and sectors, combining perspectives, translating across boundaries, and promoting collaboration through evidence-based policy design and analysis.

A voice for the public good, committed to resilience opportunities that benefit everyone.

Equitable Resilience

Research
Topics

Upgrading Flood Insurance

Linking Risk Reduction
& Risk Transfer

Closing The
Disaster Insurance Gap

Research Topics

Equitable Resilience

Upgrading Flood Insurance

Linking Risk Reduction
& Risk Transfer

Policies for Dynamic
Coastal Risk

Closing The
Disaster Insurance Gap

Updates from the Policy Incubator

Resilience Lab Notes

Recent Blog Posts:

Residential Flood Insurance in Puerto Rico

Flood insurance in Puerto Rico has attracted media and policymaker attention since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the island in late summer 2017. In a new issue brief, we examine recent trends in Puerto Rico’s residential flood market, documenting the flood insurance gap and examining the role of the private sector.

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Regional Conservation as a Climate Adaptation Tool

St. Louis’ Great Rivers Greenway (GRG) District oversees a network of trails and open spaces designed to link rivers, parks, and communities throughout the St. Louis region. Although not established with climate adaptation as an objective, this approach to conservation has created natural infrastructure that lowers flood damages. This model that could be adopted in other regions as a way to fund green infrastructure for building climate resiliency.

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Federal Disaster Rebuilding Spending: A Look at the Numbers

Last year set records for natural disaster damages in the United States.  NOAA estimates total damages from the 2017 events were over $300 billion.  The U.S. experienced not one, not two, but three land falling hurricanes.  Hurricane Harvey set a record for rainfall.  The wildfires in California were some of the costliest the state has ever seen.

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