Mobile is caught precariously between two forces: eagerly watching its port for new economic opportunities, while at the same time facing the risks of a potential natural disaster. Mobile’s position on the Gulf Coast has historically played a fundamental role in its economic success. Today the port’s manufacturing and shipping economy is growing once again after years of languishing. This coastal geography, however, is also a liability. The downtown, the port, and thousands of Mobile’s residential population lie within the inundation zone of a major hurricane’s storm surge. the daily lives of its residents.