John H. Heinz III Center

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



(2000), "John H. Heinz III Center", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 9 No. 1.



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John H. Heinz III Center


John H. Heinz III Center

The John H. Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment has made several publications available online, including Did Public Regulations Matter? Rebuilding the North Carolina Coast after Hurricane Fran, by Rutherford H. Platt of the University of Massachusetts. As Platt indicates, for a quarter century, North Carolina has sought to manage new ocean front development under its 1974 Coastal Area Management Act. The results of these planning efforts were put to the test in 1996 when the state was struck by hurricanes Bertha and Fran within a two-month period. With beaches and dunes impaired by Bertha, Fran inflicted widespread devastation along the southern half of the state's open ocean coast. The rebuilding process was fuelled by federal disaster assistance of many kinds, including emergency dune replacement flood insurance payments and small business administration loans to homeowners. Platt's study, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, looks at the rebuilding of the North Carolina coast after Hurricane Fran and reviews the efficacy of both traditional approaches to coastal hazards management and public regulation of redevelopment in high-hazard coastal areas.

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