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“Save for a few hospitals, military bases and maybe convention centers, there are very few places on the planet that are hardened for category 5 hurricanes, wildfires, and other extreme weather events.

“And utilities are no different. Unless they become more resilient, they are opening themselves up to major risks. According to a McKinsey Report, Hurricane Irene flooded 44 power plants and Hurricane Sandy damaged 69. More recently in 2017, Hurricane Harvey knocked down or damaged more than 6,200 distribution poles and 850 transmission structures, affecting millions of residents in the Houston area. Repairing these damages is extremely expensive and we have to begin thinking differently with regards to how we compose infrastructure to not lose life, limb,
and property.


Andrew Bringaze