Helen J.P. Wiley is a Policy Analyst and Project Manager at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where her research and policy work focuses on innovative disaster insurance tools, floodplain buyout policy, and ecosystem-based adaptation.  Helen holds a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Washington University in St. Louis; her M.Sc. in Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security was administered jointly by the United Nations University and the University of Bonn, Germany.

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Key Concepts In seeking to reframe the United States’ disaster paradigm to one that focuses more on prevention and mitigation rather than response, expanded voluntary buyouts of flood-prone properties could play a key role in reducing future disaster costs, thereby contributing to FEMA’s National Mitigation Investment Strategy. Most funding …

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