Hurricane Harvey has reached the end of its meteorological existence. Though disaster response in Houston is winding down, for the thousands of people living in temporary shelters, and even more whose homes and livelihoods were lost due to the catastrophic flooding, the journey to recovery is just beginning. While the focus is now on recovery efforts, we should take the opportunity to evaluate in real time the disaster response efforts in order to distill lessons that can be applied to future flooding events.
Ky Luu is the Director of the Institute for Disaster and Fragility Resilience and Research Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.