Reflections on Recovery in Panama City, FL

From, this article titled Hurricane Michael’s Recovery Lessons for a Panama City Manager. Among the lessons learned in Panama City as a result of the storm is the inadequacy of the widely accepted guidance that people need to have water, food and other resources to sustain themselves for three days after a hurricane.

In the article there is mention of the principles of New Urbanism. The Diva had to look it up. See this account of New Urbanism from the Michigan Land Use Institute.

Sept. 18: One more article on the slow and painful recovery ongoing in the FL Panhandle.

Another Resource for Temp Housing After a Disaster – Airbnb

Here is a brief description of what that firm has to offer:

The Airbnb Open Homes program connects people with a free place to stay when disasters strike and people are in need of temporary housing. Whether it’s neighbors evacuating or relief workers deployed to help, a home gives people much-needed space to figure out what’s next. Airbnb hosts can play an important role in their community’s response and recovery — just by offering their extra space. Since 2012, hosts have opened their doors to people affected by disasters all over the world. To learn more about the Airbnb Open Homes program visit

Thanks to Jono Anzalone for providing the information.

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Observations re Bahamas

To date, the Diva has not been able to find any articles about how recovery and rebuilding will be done in the very vulnerable Bahama Islands recently devastated. Here are some articles re inequity and climate justice.

From Inside Climate News: A Shantytown’s Warning About Climate Change and Poverty from Hurricane-Ravaged Bahamas. Dorian’s devastation highlights a risk that health and justice experts have long warned of: Climate change will hit the most vulnerable populations hardest.

From the WashPost. Hurricane Laid Bare Bahamas Inequity.

Slow-Motion Flooding in Midwest

From the NYTimes: The Great Flood of 2019: A Complete Picture of a Slow-Motion Disaster.

Public interest in natural disasters tends to focus on big, discrete weather events like hurricanes. But flooding that unfolds over months across a broad area has a harder time breaking through. It is only when seen as a single, connected event that the stunning scale of the 2019 flood season becomes clear

To measure the scope of the spring floods, The New York Times analyzed satellite data from the Joint Polar Satellite System using software, developed by government and academic researchers for flood detection, that is frequently used in disaster response.