Manufacturing Will Play a Vital Role in Hurricane Sandy Recovery
While we cannot predict when weather-related, man-made, or other events will occur, we can certainly take steps to prepare for them in advance. Critical to this preparation is a robust, diverse, and resilient domestic manufacturing sector.
In the coming days, impacted states, cities, and towns will struggle to recover and rebuild from Hurricane Sandy. Central to the rebuilding effort will be America’s manufacturing sector – providing glass, cement, steel, iron, and a range of manufactured products, like drywall, heating and cooling units, and electrical components.
AAM recently asked two respected experts on homeland security and preparedness—Governor Tom Ridge and Col. Robert B. Stephan—to examine the direct nexus between a strong domestic manufacturing sector and America’s ability to prevent, mitigate, recover from, and rebuild quickly in the wake of catastrophic events.
They concluded that the deterioration and offshoring of America’s industrial base is becoming more apparent with each passing day, leaving new national security and preparedness concerns in its path. In short, we are becoming too reliant on global suppliers (many of whom may not have our best interests at heart in a time of crisis), along with a highly complex and vulnerable global supply chain needed to bolster our weak points or come to our rescue in the midst of an emergency.