Developing hurricane impact index - Empirical analysis of building permits in response to hurricane landfalls

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Abstract

Each year, natural disasters cause massive amounts of damages around the world. As the construction industry plays an important role in almost every aspect of mitigation and recovery efforts, a high priority will be to identify ways in which the industry is affected by hurricanes and rebounds afterward. The disruption of building construction is discussed and the statistical relationship between hurricane landfalls and observed changes in new building permits at the county level is investigated. The result shows that the storm can have either temporary or permanent impact on a community but not both. The level of construction activities is lowered in some counties in the sample following a hurricane landfall but quickly recovers to the pre-storm norm. In contrast, the permanent impact shifts the mean value of the time series and result in lasting losses in future years. Such an observed disparity could be used to distinguish resilient communities from less resilient ones. Furthermore, a method is also provided to estimate the present value of permanent impact.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering 2013, ACWE 2013
Subtitle of host publicationWind Effects on Structures, Communities, and Energy Generation
Pages1413-1425
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2013
Event12th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering 2013: Wind Effects on Structures, Communities, and Energy Generation, ACWE 2013 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2013Jun 20 2013

Publication series

Name12th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering 2013, ACWE 2013: Wind Effects on Structures, Communities, and Energy Generation
Volume3

Conference

Conference12th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering 2013: Wind Effects on Structures, Communities, and Energy Generation, ACWE 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period06/16/1306/20/13

Keywords

  • Building permits
  • Built environment
  • Disaster resilience
  • Hurricane
  • Time series

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