Articles by Robert Ottenhoff

About Robert Ottenhoff

Robert G. Ottenhoff is the President & CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

The Future of Our Cities & Communities Depends on Urban Resiliency

There are sound reasons for philanthropic organizations to be supporting efforts at strengthening resiliency. In 2017, the United States experienced 16 major natural disasters that each resulted in $1 billion or more in damage. Hundreds of other smaller-scale disasters struck the nation as well, causing in total at least $320 billion in damage – the most ever in a single year. This past year brought two major hurricanes, massive wildfires, significant floods, volcanic eruptions, super typhoons, major earthquakes and devastating tsunamis, with at least 14 $1 billion disasters in the U.S.

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