Skip to comments.With rebuilding under way, assessing government responses to Irma and Harvey
Posted on 09/14/2017 3:20:28 PM PDT by Jagermonster
PROGRESS WATCH For FEMA and state and local responders and planners the point is to learn from Harvey and Irma as they learned from hurricane Katrina and superstorm Sandy about better methods of prevention and revival.
The southeastern United States is struggling back onto its feet following this months battering from two huge storms. Thankfully, the human toll from hurricanes Harvey and Irma was not as great as feared. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other government first responders have so far won plaudits for the speed and organization of initial aid deliveries.
But as can be said about the aftermath of so many important events, now the hard part begins. Rebuilding of some of the most damaged areas will take months, possibly years, as President Trump saw first-hand on Thursday during an inspection tour of Naples and other Florida cities. Lack of basic services creates continuing dangers, as the tragic, heat-related deaths at a Hollywood, Fla., nursing home showed.
America will face more of these crises as extreme weather appears to be on the increase and the built environment in harms way continues to expand. For FEMA, state and local responders, and planners the point is to learn from Harvey and Irma as they learned from hurricane Katrina and superstorm Sandy about better methods of prevention and revival.
What were learning is that responding to disasters, as tragic as they are when they happen, is kind of the easy part, says Gary Webb, professor and chair of emergency management and disaster science at the University of North Texas in Denton.
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Two storms in 12 years. Wow, what a trend...
I know what you mean. I agree.