Hopkins scientist uses risk modeling to study Hurricane Ida

On Hurricane Ida, COVID-19, and trauma: Resilience cannot be a permanent state

Today, one day after the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I cannot help but reflect as Ida ravishes our state. This storm comes as our region faces the worst impacts of a fourth surge of COVID-19, the Delta variant, exacerbating joblessness, food, and housing insecurity.

I have always been struck by the inhumanity of these storms; they always hit at the end of the month when working class folks are forced to choose between evacuating and paying bills. The utter destruction of all that they have worked to build is cruel, but the storm is the first slight. The rebuilding process is the next, and given the strained supply chain, rebuilding is always more difficult than it looks…READ ON

Hopkins scientist uses risk modeling to study Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida pictured as a Category 2 storm from the International Space Station as it orbited 263 miles above the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane relief has been a pressing topic ever since Hurricane Katrina blew through the city of New Orleans toward the end of August 2005. Since then, the extent of hurricane damage has grown milder, but the effects of Hurricane Ida this past August devastated the country again.

On almost the exact day that marked Katrina’s 16th anniversary, Ida resulted in damages that reached an estimated total of $95 billion and a casualty count of 82.

Mitigating the cost that natural disasters bring is a complex, multilayered process that starts with research and culminates in damage control measures. It involves fluid coordination between many parties and their continual ability to adjust to the ever-changing, dynamic nature of the overall situation…READ ON

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