Challenges / Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

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Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

How can North Carolina ensure that its infrastructure is less vulnerable to natural or manmade disasters?

North Carolina has historically faced severe economic losses from natural disasters like hurricanes and tropical storms. Coastal communities are impacted with sea level rise as storms push ocean water onto the shore, affecting public and private property. Inland communities are also at risk for high winds, tornadoes, flooding and landslides. The state must ensure water and sewer lines, roads, and energy infrastructure are built with the consequences of natural or man-made disasters in mind.