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Houston’s resilience journey

Houston is a diverse, thriving metropolis in Southeastern Texas, driven by the large presence of the energy industry, renowned research institutions, and strong neighborhoods.

Situated on the Gulf Coast, the city has worked to prepare for the extreme weather events and severe storms to which it is vulnerable. Houston’s response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017 validated the city’s readiness to predict meteorological threats, communicate with citizens, and make rapid and informed crisis decisions.

But Houston remains vulnerable to less familiar shocks and stresses, which, left unaddressed, will the city’s Houston’s efforts to thrive in a rapidly changing global economy.

By taking steps to address chronic stresses, such as traffic congestion, homelessness, and economic disparity, Houston will be equipped with the strong foundation needed to be prepared and responsive. Houston is now investing financial, intellectual, and political capital not only in “building back” but also in “building forward” – strengthening long-term resilience by redesigning infrastructure, overhauling building codes, accelerating an affordable housing strategy, leveraging innovative partnerships, and coordinating regional policies.

Houston’s participation in 100RC was supported by Shell.

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