From Politico: Florida hospitals weren’t ready for Hurricane Ian. Some fear the next big storm. “Despite being under evacuation orders and in the path of the catastrophic storm, five hospitals remained open and removed only a handful of patients before the Category 4 hurricane made landfall.”
From Politico: Dream homes and disasters: Is the government ready to confront climate risk? “Billions of new taxpayer dollars are aimed at helping victims of extreme weather leave their vulnerable homes. But without a lot of teeth, the federal programs may just perpetuate the problem.” ‘
From the NY Times: ‘Do You Really Want to Rebuild at 80?’ Rethinking Where to Retire. It’s a small yet noticeable shift, experts say — but climate change is causing retirees to start reconsidering moves to disaster-prone dream locales.
From the GAO a brief intro and access to the full report, which is 101 pages.
Report from the General Accountability Office on recovery in Puerto Rico: Hurricane Recovery Can Take Years, but for Puerto Rico 5 Years Show its Unique Challenges..
The most recent magazine section of the Sunday NYTimes (The Design and Tech Issue Nov.13) features.articles about rebuilding and recovering from a great variety of disasters. It is titled We Live in An Age of Destruction; Which Means We Live in an Age of Rebuilding.
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As of Nov. 10, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has received more than 44,000 flood claims from Hurricane Ian and has paid nearly $437 million to policyholders.
From The Conversation: Disasters like Hurricane Ian can affect academic performance for years to come. An excerpt:
“One of the most important lessons is that just as it will likely take years to rebuild the infrastructure and homes hit by Hurricane Ian, it could take a similar amount of time to help some children regain a sense of normalcy. My own research – and that of many others –
shows that while children are often resilient in the face of disasters, the effects of trauma can be insidious and linger for years to come.”