Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Reviving Wilmington, NC and Outer Banks’ Tourism Economy after the Impact of Multiple Hurricanes in 1999 Case Study

The coastline around Wilmington and the outer banks, boasts one of the largest recreational areas north of Florida, whereby tourism accounts for $390 million in annual economic impact. In 1999, three consecutive category 1 and 2 hurricanes struck the Cape Fear coastal area in a three month period, which caused major damage in terms of flooding and impact on the barrier islands in the Outer Banks. Learn about how industry and community leaders corrected misperceptions of the storms’ devastation in the local, regional and national media outlets and how disaster preparedness has positioned the community to be able to more quickly respond in a crisis situation.

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