Tracking the Impacts of Disasters

Louisiana struggles to track impact of disasters

Exactly how many homes and businesses were impacted by the 2016 flooding?
Surprisingly, it’s a difficult question to answer.
Data collected after any disaster remains spotty and imprecise. But now state officials say they are looking for better ways to track their true impact.
“No one agency is empowered to perfectly capture this data now, but there could be value in collecting this information uniformly after a disaster,” Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson tells Daily Report in a statement in response to a data request

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