The Diva would add that research has shown that the root cause of the country’s escalating number of weather- and climate-related disasters is not necessarily a rise in the frequency or intensity of these events but the increasing exposure and vulnerability of populations that lie in their path. See this article and map in the NYTimes that shows the increase of population in vulnerable areas.
The federal government and charities have provided tremendous resources to Puerto Rico, and we are proud of the hard work of the local citizens and leaders, federal responders and volunteers who risked their own lives to pitch in and help. What was lacking was adequate planning and preparedness for such a horrific storm. No one administration or political party is responsible for why we still don’t prioritize preparedness even though we are increasingly threatened by large hurricanes. By identifying the preventable causes of these deaths, we can save lives the next time a fierce storm hits. And this is especially important as Hurricane Florence grinds up the Carolina coast, leaving a deadly trail in its wake.
A link to some materiel the NMHA has developed to assist all involved in navigating the well-intentioned, costly, yet truly Byzantine way we do disaster recovery in our Nation.Build Back Safer and Smarter (5 pp.).
While watching live news coverage of H. Florence on CNN yesterday, I noticed only one reporter was dressed properly: Martin Savidge was wearing a helmet, a life jacket, and safety glasses. All of the others were hatless, wearing a co. ballcap, or had their hair blowing in the wind! ( My guess is Savidge got hurt in a previous assignment!)