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Virgin Islands schools set to open as hurricane recovery continues

Oct 9, 2017
The U.S. Virgin Islands remain devastated after two category 5 hurricanes hit within two weeks of each other in September. Many residents are still without shelter, power or internet. But the territory’s roughly 14,000 public school students, who had barely started their school year before Irma hit, will begin returning to their classrooms this week.  […]

Hurricane Irma brings issues of poverty in Miami into stark relief

Sep 28, 2017
Miami-Dade’s poorest are hard hit by Hurricane Irma and its aftermath.
A car is seen in a flooded street as Hurricane Irma passes through on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
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After Harvey, the Red Cross tries to speed up relief with drones

Sep 22, 2017
The Red Cross has been using drones in Texas to help steer relief efforts to those places that need them most.
A tethered drone hovers over a pasture near Hankamer, Texas, looking for damage from Harvey. 
Travis Bubenik/ for Marketplace

Puerto Rico debt problems confound hurricane recovery

Sep 20, 2017
How do you get an already beaten-down economy back up and running when there’s literally no electricity? By mid-day Wednesday the entire island of Puerto Rico was without power in the wake of Hurricane Maria. There’s massive flooding and damage to buildings, public infrastructure and the power grid. And the ramifications are going to play […]

Puerto Rico takes on major sheltering effort as Maria strikes Caribbean

Sep 20, 2017
As Hurricane Maria beats its path through the Caribbean, Puerto Rico has more than 450 shelters to house up to 60,000 evacuees. Many are from surrounding islands. They’ve been on Puerto Rico since before Hurricane Irma hit and may need a place to stay for weeks or months. Click the audio player above to hear […]

Are we spending enough on disaster preparation?

Sep 15, 2017
We spend a lot of money dealing with the disaster in front of us, but what about preparing for the next one?
Floodwaters from Hurricane Irma recede September 13, 2017 in Middleburg, Florida. Flooding in town from the Black Creek topped the previous high water mark by about seven feet and water entered the second story of many homes. 
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Some investors bet big against disasters

Sep 13, 2017
Catastrophe bonds spread insurance risk for events like hurricanes.
Two women look over severe damage to a residence following powerful Hurricane Irma on September 12, 2017 in Isamorada, a village encompassing six of the Florida Keys. 
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Irma won’t dampen Florida's tourism industry long term

Sep 12, 2017
Florida’s tourism business is worth more than $100 billion, and Hurricane Irma has put a dent in it. Even as some major theme parks re-open and airlines resume flights this week, some destinations face long roads to recovery, and workers will suffer from lost wages and tips. Click the audio player above to hear the […]

Trying to put a dollar figure on a disaster

Sep 11, 2017
There are lots of numbers being talked about today as government officials and reporters attempt to convey the levels of damage from Hurricane Irma to people who can’t see it with their own eyes. Here is just a sampling: 250,000 evacuees have crossed into Alabama and more than 6.5 million homes and businesses in Florida […]