Improving resilience to disasters must not be an afterthought, nor is this merely an academic exercise. It is my sincere hope that this study will increase the urgency around this important issue and help transform it into a national priority.

We also can look to other nations. The Netherlands is one. I’ve made three trips to the Netherlands to think about how they operate using water—not running from it but learning to live with it. We are a water city in New Orleans. We hope to incorporate many of the lessons we’ve already learned in the Netherlands and from some of our partners around the world. I know that your eyes will be national, but international opportunities are there as well, for what we can do better here in the Gulf of Mexico.

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