The United States is geographically very resilient to large-scale disasters that directly impact the country. Unlike countries such as Japan or the Philippines, where the entire country is impacted by a disaster such as a typhoon, very few incidents have that kind of physical impact on the United States. However, due to the inter-connectivity of current U.S. society, an incident that has a direct impact along the Gulf Coast, such as a hurricane, has the ability to have dramatic secondary impact thousands of miles away. In 2008, when hurricanes Gustav and Ike severely damaged the petrochemical industry along the Gulf Coast, prices for gasoline skyrocketed, and states all along the mid-Atlantic suffered severe fuel shortages. Likewise, a disaster in one of the nation's banking ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles