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How can real estate better prepare for natural disasters?

Unprecedented flooding and wildfires have the industry thinking about getting organized

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

One of 2017's black eyes will be the series of natural disasters that wreaked historic levels of disruption on people, housing and communities, particularly on the vulnerable U.S. coasts. First a brutal hurricane season brought unprecedented levels of flooding to Houston and hammered Florida and Puerto Rico. In quick succession a firestorm engulfed California's wine country for more than a week in what's been called the deadliest wildfire the state's ever seen. The real estate community stepped up to assist in the aftermath of these disasters. Real estate agents in Houston executed boat rescues at the peak of the flooding. In Northern California, an agent urgently knocked on neighbors' doors to warn them of approaching fires. Brokerage offices became second homes for distressed agents and clients. Regional and national real estate associations offered accessible relief funds for those in need. Now, as the real estate community wipes its brow for (hopefully) a respite, it...