Pandemic complicates emergency response to Hurricane Laura

Aug 28, 2020
Officials had to find alternatives to big, crowded evacuation centers.
A couple leave the hotel in Galveston, Texas, where they had taken shelter from Hurricane Laura on Thursday.
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People need basic resources to evacuate safely from disaster zones

Aug 26, 2020
As people in the U.S. flee wildfires and a hurricane, they may need a car, tank of gas, enough money for a hotel room or place to stay where they can socially distance.
A resident runs into a home to save a dog while flames from the Hennessey fire get closer in Napa, California, on Aug. 18.
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Protesters rally against foreclosures on Puerto Rican families affected by Hurricane Maria, outside the offices of TPG Capital, Dec. 20, 2017 in New York City. The activists claims that TPG Capital's mortgage service companies are aggressively foreclosing on families in Puerto Rico after many people were displaced from their homes following Hurricane Maria.
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What recovery looks like for a small, historic Puerto Rico town

San German's lights are mostly on, but the city's mayor says bureaucracy is slowing down progress.
A view of Porta Coeli in San German, Puerto Rico.
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Rebuilding plays a major role in economic recovery of the U.S. Virgin Islands

The territory's governor expects storm recovery and reconstruction to last four or five years.
Laura Forbes prepares to load cleaning supplies onto a ferry taking them to her mother St. Thomas more than a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Christiansted, St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. 
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Managing mental health in the midst of disaster

Dec 15, 2017
A look at the cost of the impact of disasters on mental health — and the people who's job it is to help.
An inmate firefighter monitors flames as a house burns in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. 
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"No place for you to live": 100 days after Harvey, these Texans still have no homes

Dec 1, 2017
Rockport, Texas' mayor admits he doesn't have any place to put people who want to return home.
A hotel in Rockport, on the southeast Texas coast, is months, if not years, away from operation after Hurricane Harvey.
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In Rockport, Texas, residents review Black Friday priorities

Nov 24, 2017
As many Americans try to make the most of retailers offering deals on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the 10,000 or so residents of Rockport, Texas, are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Many…

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey are causing an insurance adjuster shortage

Sep 14, 2017
Some adjusters can make $100,000 in a month because of increased demand.
Jose Orosz walks his dog Karen by a beachfront home destroyed by Hurricane Irma on September 13, 2017 in Vilano Beach, Florida. Nearly 4 million people remained without power more than two days after Irma swept through the state.
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A hurricane like Irma could cause serious damage in Tampa Bay

Sep 6, 2017
Darryl Fears discusses his piece for the Washington Post, "Tampa's Coming Storm."
Residents work together to fill sandbags for each other at Bobby Hicks Park as residents prepare for Hurricane Irma on Tuesday in Tampa, Florida. 
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