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Researchers: Trump Is Wildly Underestimating Puerto Rico Devastation

Science & Tech  (tags: catastrophe, disaster, fema, flood, humanitarian crisis, humanitarian relief, hurricane maria, hurricanes, maria, Puerto Rico, relief, Robin Lloyd )

- 343 days ago -
Researchers who study infrastructure and humanitarian logistics have long argued for a more nuanced understanding of the difference between disasters and all-out catastrophes, that require different models of response.


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Laura H (964)
Monday October 16, 2017, 8:55 pm
trump does not care...he only cares about himself!

Thanks Judy.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday October 16, 2017, 11:54 pm
Shared article and analysis over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Ben Oscarsito (140)
Tuesday October 17, 2017, 7:35 am
Right, and never underestimate the power of ignorant idiots in large groups!

Melania Padilla (123)
Tuesday October 17, 2017, 11:11 am
So with you Ben!! Every day, Trump proves he is a total moron, ignorant moron. And he is still a president?? That is the worst part!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 17, 2017, 11:32 am
he underestimates every living being exept himself - and I really hope that one day he will be judged by his own unbearable arrogance and ignorance!

JL A (281)
Tuesday October 17, 2017, 1:23 pm
Thanks Judy--people need to understand this higher severity. I cannot help but think we are seeing one example of environmental and other institutionalized racism in our federal responses to PR and VI.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Tuesday October 17, 2017, 2:18 pm
Noted, Thank you

Lenore K (0)
Tuesday October 17, 2017, 3:20 pm
maybe he's racist?

Judy C (91)
Wednesday October 18, 2017, 2:25 am
Racism and ignorance are certainly involved. It is improtant to emphasize the magnitude of the situation in PR, a catastrophe. From the article:

The situation remains dire in part because humanitarian relief efforts in this case have fallen into a conceptual and semantic trap, one logistics expert says. Puerto Rico is not experiencing a “disaster,” says civil and environmental engineer José Holguín-Veras. Rather, the island currently is in the clutches of a full-on “catastrophe” — and the federal aid model is predicated on the former, he says.

Researchers who study infrastructure and humanitarian logistics have long argued for a more nuanced understanding of the difference between disasters — in which roads, electricity and phones, and well as private businesses, volunteer organizations, charities, churches, and local leaders are still able to function and participate in recovery — and catastrophes, where they are not.

“In Houston, following Hurricane Harvey, the locals could respond,” he said. “And you have resources, you have medical teams, you have trucks, you have drivers and volunteers etc. In a catastrophic event, all of that is wiped out. Even the local leadership is wiped out. The mayor of San Juan’s house was flooded in Maria.”

Peggy B (43)
Wednesday October 18, 2017, 6:19 am
Trump is a racist. They don't matter to him.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Wednesday October 18, 2017, 6:57 am
Noted, Thanks

Lenore K (0)
Wednesday October 18, 2017, 2:09 pm
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