Hurricane Floyd / Hurricane Matthew Empirical Disaster Resilience Study
Two types of studies were conducted. An exploratory study examined whether 17 theoretical
indicators of resilience demonstrate whether communities saved time and money as they
recovered from Hurricane Matthew. The other study, a losses avoided study, examined whether
the acquisition of flood-prone properties by county and municipal governments increased
resilience following Hurricane Matthew. The hazard mitigation projects in the study were
implemented after Hurricane Floyd, which struck the coast of North Carolina in 1999 and
caused $2 billion of damage, and before Hurricane Matthew, which struck the coast of South
Carolina in 2016 and moved north, causing $967 million in North Carolina.
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