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resilience projects since Superstorm Sandy

69

employees assigned to disaster areas in 2017

Over the 2017 Labor Day weekend, many of our people packed up their cell phones, laptops and duffel bags and dived into the massive effort to provide engineering assistance to help Texas respond to and recover from Hurricane Harvey. The storm wreaked devastation from Corpus Christi in the south, northward to Houston and eastward into Louisiana. And while a number of our staff continued to help in Texas for months after Harvey, another team of engineers and architects assembled in Florida to assist with the Hurricane Irma recovery effort. Such assignments are an opportunity to develop skills and help communities heal. But they are also projects with extended durations, requiring long hours of work under strenuous conditions. About 69 employees generously set aside personal comfort to provide rapid, expert response after these catastrophes.

Date(s)

Event

Location

Aug. 25–Sept. 2

Hurricane Harvey

United States

Sept. 4–12

Hurricane Irma

United States, Caribbean Islands

Sept. 18–22

Hurricane Maria

Caribbean Islands

Sept. 19

Earthquake

Mexico

October

Wildfires

United States

Our Property Loss Consulting practice frequently visits sites in the immediate aftermath of disasters, encountering dismal conditions – rubble, homes with missing roofs, lack of water and sanitary services – and sometimes finding no lodging within several hours of the affected area. Our hope is that our work in assessing the damage can speed the recovery process.

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