We spoke to Angela Clendenin, a public health expert at Texas A&M University, about the importance of emergency management and public health officials working together. This is the first Q&A in a series about hurricane preparation and response during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The latest IPCC report notes the importance of consulting marginalized groups while coping with disasters. That means policies and practices need to be changed.
Although Southern states hold the largest share of manufactured housing (mobile homes) in the country, few communities are resident-owned, leaving them vulnerable to developers, and eviction.
Without advance warning about the true scale of power outages and the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, local officials say they were caught off guard, leaving residents to fend for themselves.
Six months after Hurricane Laura, Lake Charles is still in a state of disrepair. The deep freeze has slowed recovery even more.
Poor energy efficiency and weatherization standards in Southern states made it even harder for people to stay warm and safe.
Renters in Texas are suing state and federal agencies, alleging their policies have had a “disparate impact on minority households.”
Nonprofits and volunteers are working to preserve African American cultural and historic sites vulnerable to flooding and other environmental threats.