This week Homeland Security officials attended the Rising Seas Summit, a conference intended to “highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events” and develop “resilience” strategies. At the event HSA Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Caitlin Durkovich announced that Homeland Security was “increasingly” moving “not only from a security focus” but to a global warming-combating “resiliency focus.”
"Increasingly, we've moved not only from a security focus to a resiliency focus," said Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at Homeland Security, an agency better known for its fight to curb terrorist threats.
Durkovich spoke Thursday on a panel at the Rising Seas Summit, a three-day conference organized by the U.S.-based Association of Climate Change Officers to discuss tools and ideas on building resiliency, particularly against rising sea levels.
In the aftermath of 2012's Hurricane Sandy, which devastated large swathes of the Northeastern U.S and caused over $60 billion in damages, Durkovich said her department reviewed the task of rebuilding with a new focus on "how to think about baking in resilience from the get-go."
To that end, she said, she has assembled a team of specialists, including city planners, in conjunction with the National Academy of Science to develop better tools for planning.
Because the real threat is not a porous southern border and the increased possibility of terrorist attacks from energized and organized terrorist groups. It's the "rising seas" that President Obama's inauguration was supposed to reverse and the global temperatures that haven't risen in 18 years.