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FEMA officials in the hot seat over disaster preparedness

by Andy Uhler Jun 12, 2019
The agency's acting chief and President Trump's nominee for the permanent job face questions as recovery from past disasters drags on.
Activists rally in support of Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria, on the steps of City Hall, April 19, 2018 in New York City.
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The Big Book

How a chef helped serve 3.6 million meals in Puerto Rico

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Sep 13, 2018
“Every time we made contact with a community, we kept going back, and we kept going back, every day without missing a beat,” José Andrés says.
With schools closed or only open for a short time, children across the island were a priority.
Photo courtesy of World Central Kitchen

It’s official: FEMA wasn’t equipped to handle the devastation of Hurricane Maria

by Erika Beras Sep 5, 2018
A new report by the Government Accounting Office doesn’t bode well for future disaster relief.
 A flooded street is seen as people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Sept. 25, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
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My Economy

For a recovering restaurant in Puerto Rico, sometimes it's just about making it through the day

by Maria Hollenhorst Aug 29, 2018
An executive chef in San Juan describes life in the food industry post-Hurricane Maria.
An American flag and Puerto Rican flag fly next to each other in Old San Juan in Puerto Rico.
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Thousands of families displaced by Hurricane Maria are living in hotels. The FEMA program that pays for that is about to end

by Lizzie O'Leary Jun 15, 2018
Since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in September 2017, thousands of people have fled the island to come to the mainland. Many of them — some 1,600 families — have been staying at hotels paid for by the Transitional Shelter Assistance program…

For older Puerto Ricans, limited housing is a barrier to mainland life post-Hurricane Maria

by Renata Sago Jun 8, 2018
Older evacuees in FEMA's transitional shelter program have special concerns when seeking affordable housing on the mainland.
A flag of Puerto Rico is seen on a damaged house in Yabucoa, in eastern Puerto Rico, on Sept. 28, 2017.
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Why the death toll in Puerto Rico matters

by Paulina Velasco Jun 1, 2018
In practical terms, the island has to prepare for the next big disaster.
People march to protest pension cuts, school closures and slow hurricane recovery efforts in San Juan, Puerto Rico in May.
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Economics of Disaster

West Virginia effort to aid Puerto Rico is caught in Trump’s solar tariffs

by Glynis Board Jun 1, 2018
With 2018's hurricane season starting, some families are still recovering from last year's storms.
Months after the storms, many communities on the island have no electricity.
Courtesy of Rebecca Kiger

Florida's affordable housing shortage is a roadblock for Hurricane Maria evacuees

by Renata Sago May 10, 2018
Puerto Ricans in FEMA's transitional shelter program worry about where they'll go when the program ends June 30.
Activists rally in support of Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria on the steps of New York City Hall in April.
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Economics of Disaster

Following the hurricane, recovery in Puerto Rico takes different forms

by Marketplace Weekend Staff Apr 27, 2018
We revisit a dairy farmer, a convenience store owner, a homeowner and a community center to see where things stand seven months after Hurricane Maria.
Clockwise from top left: Juan Orta says he's spent $75,000 of his own money to reopen his convenience store in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico; Cows at Vaqueria Ceiba del Mar in Hatillo, Puerto Rico; Luis Martinez, owner of Ceiba del Mar; Glorimar Rivera who lives on a street that was once covered in power lines and fallen poles.
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