Coastal Communities Should Prepare For Rising Seas

NEW YORK (August 19, 2013)--A presidential task force charged with formulating a strategy for rebuilding areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy is recommending 69 policy initiatives it says will help coastal communities prepare for future storms in an age of rising sea levels.

The report released Monday by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force calls for a wide array of changes, including the development of a more technologically advanced electrical grid that would be less likely to be crippled in a crisis.

It also calls for the creation of better planning tools and flood standards for communities rebuilding storm-damaged areas.

The task force's chairman, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, said the group focused on finding ways to cut red tape and create strategies for communities preparing for climate change.


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