Infrastructure Disruptions and Recovery Rates in Disasters

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Rae Zimmerman
Jeffrey S. Simonoff
Carlos E. Restrepo
Patterns and trends in infrastructure disruptions from natural hazards, accidents, and terrorist attacks and consequences for human life, safety, and the economy are summarized from statistical analyses of energy and transportation infrastructure. The ability to recover is key to resiliency. Measures for recovery are developed and applied to examples such as the August 2003 blackout, 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes, and 2008 NYC subway flooding. The role of infrastructure interdependencies in recovery is discussed.