When Hurricane Harvey barreled into the Texas coastline in August 2017, it devastated the Houston area. Harvey caused more than $125 billion in damages and changed the lives of 120 Booz Allen employees, leading to a tireless response effort to help those impacted. But Harvey was just one storm during one of the most active seasons on record—a reminder of nature’s unpredictable power.
At its core, disaster response is an exercise in agility, and Booz Allen’s ability to snap into action quickly, nimbly, and effectively rests on a foundation of thorough preparation. But we also know response efforts must evolve, and what we learned from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is helping us transform the way we prepare and respond to a wide range of calamities.