Hurricane Harvey 2017


Hurricane Harvey yielded extensive damage across the Southern United States, especially Texas.


This report highlights the critical importance of saving lives by having in place effective regional healthcare response coalitions in support of the response to and recovery from major disasters. The report is produced by the Global Resilience Institute

Northeastern University SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council
According to new research, Houston’s urban landscape likely exacerbated floods during Hurricane Harvey by altering the storm itself and making it rain harder in areas containing urban features. The study highlights the human role in extreme weather and the need to consider urban and suburban development when calculating risk and preparing for damages and recovery.
University of Iowa
One in 5 new homes permitted in Houston in the year after Hurricane Harvey is in a flood plain. As scientists predict that climate change is causing so-called 100-year and 500-year floods to occur more frequently, the city government risks repeating Harvey's catastrophic damages.
Houston Chronicle
A new study demonstrates for the first time that it is possible to robustly quantify daily changes in water storage following extreme precipitation events, such as hurricanes. The study also allows scientists to know where and how much water is stored, and how long it takes to dissipate.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Hurricanes have shown that strong wind codes work as intended and should be implemented nationwide, especially considering that many people live in flood zones and the worst storm surge impacts aren’t always near the location of the hurricane’s landfall.
Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft
According to a new survey, nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey swamped the Texas Gulf Coast, a growing share of affected residents say their lives are back on track, but three in 10 say their lives remain disrupted. 23% of people are reporting worse financial situations since the storm, and 17% say their overall quality of life is worse.
Episcopal Health Foundation