Rethinking Recovery

From the NY Times:  After a Caribbean Hurricane, the Battle Is Where, or Even Whether, to Rebuild. When Hurricane Irma crushed Saint-Martin two years ago, the French state vowed swift assistance. Aid has flowed in, but a fight has followed about recovery plans, exposing racial and class tension. Two excerpts:

Storm Exposes Social, and Racial, Fault Lines. Hurricane Irma made clear that natural disasters not only obliterate structures and lives; they can also expose deep socioeconomic fault lines. In Saint-Martin, a long simmering discontent — loaded with racial and class tension — is on the verge of boiling over.

The Takeaway: As storms become more destructive, hurricane recovery is as much about rethinking as it is rebuilding.

Supply Chain Resilience and the 2017 Hurricane Season

CNA has prepared a major report (164 pp) on the topic of Supply Chain Resilience and the 2017 Hurricane Season. It is a collection of case studies about Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Marie and their impact on supply chain resilience.  It was released in Sept. 2018 and more work on this topic is underway presently at the National Academy of Sciences.

Thanks to Delilah Barton, one of the authors, for the citation and link.


Comparison of Federal Responses to Three 2017 Hurricanes

Quantifying inequities in US federal response to hurricane disaster in Texas and Florida compared with Puerto Rico. ( 6 pp.)

Our results show that the federal government responded on a larger scale and much more quickly across measures of federal money and staffing to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida, compared with Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The variation in the responses was not commensurate with storm severity and need after landfall in the case of Puerto Rico compared with Texas and Florida. Assuming that disaster responses should be at least commensurate to the degree of storm severity and need of the population, the insufficient response received by Puerto Rico raises concern for growth in health disparities and increases in adverse health outcomes

Deficiencies at FL Div. of EM Prior to H. Irma

We have been hearing many accounts of the problems in Puerto Rico, but the deficiencies  noted by an audit of the FL State Div. of Emergency Management are a surprise. FL has been considered one of the better prepared states.

From the Miami Herald, this account of the FL Office of Emergency Management.
Audit warned Florida’s hurricane response system was ‘ill-prepared’ for disaster

The next question is does FEMA know what the capabilities of the state and territorial EM offices are?