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Losses resulting from natural hazards—including floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and wildfires—cost billions of dollars each year. RAND research has shown how long-term loss-reduction strategies and disaster preparedness could improve the resilience of communities and infrastructure in the face of natural disasters, resulting in less property damage and reduced rebuilding costs.

  • Doctor Maria Alonso (R, purple shirt) and medical students from the University of Puerto Rico visit patients in a neighbourhood affected by Hurricane Maria in September, in Corozal, Puerto Rico January 20, 2018, photo by Alvin Baez/Fotostation

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    RAND Remote: Partnering with Communities on Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery

    Feb 25, 2021

    In this RAND Remote conversation, Marielena Lara and Gabriela Castro discuss the partnered approach they used to support reconstruction and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

  • People talk outside of Flora Gallery and Coffee Shop near a downed tree in the street after Hurricane Zeta swept through New Orleans, Louisiana, October 29, 2020, photo by Kathleen Flynn/Reuters

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    When Hurricanes Happen During Pandemics

    Dec 9, 2020

    Hurricanes can change patterns of mobility and expand the spread of COVID-19, for example, to communal shelters. On the other hand, fear of the virus could cause people who might otherwise evacuate to shelter in place, resulting in more deaths from a hurricane. How can policymakers prepare for this threat?

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