‘Resilience’ Project To Help Coastal Bend Plan For And Recover From Disasters

The Gulf region is still recovering from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, and is now grappling with the economic effects of the pandemic.

By Lon GonzalezAugust 5, 2020 7:25 am, , , , , ,

From KEDT:

A group of organizations has come together in the Corpus Christi area to help communities recover from natural disasters, and to help prevent the negative economic effects of future ones.

The group includes Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, the Coastal Bend Council of Governments and the Harte Research Institute.

Together, they’re creating partnerships to help communities build resilience amid crises like hurricanes and the coronavirus pandemic, says Katya Wowk with Harte.

One way is through a geographic information system that the group is developing with an $800,000 federal grant. That system will help the group better understand the economic risks, and potential for resilience, in Coastal Bend communities.

Wowk told KEDT that the group is particularly focused on four Coastal Bend counties: Aransas, Bee, Refugio and San Patricio, with possible expansion into more counties in the future.

The project may serve as a model for other Texas regions, to help them recover from and prepare for future crises.

Web story edited by Caroline Covington.

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