Here at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, we’re constantly scouring disaster-related media coverage for updates on recovery and unmet needs, the long-term effects of disasters, and the latest disaster data and predictions about the changing global climate. Below are some of the articles we’ve found thought-provoking and informative.

To stay informed on status of disasters worldwide, we also invite you to check out our What We’re Watching: Weekly Disaster Update blog every Tuesday for updates on new, ongoing and past disasters.

Recovery Updates

  • Sadly, Puerto Rico Recovery Plan Favors the Affluent Over the Poor – The Hill: A look at the disparate recovery taking place on the island.
  • “Disaster Recovery Through the Lens of Justice,” a book by Alessandra Jerolleman, provides an in-depth analysis of the nexus between justice and post-disaster recovery at the household and community level. It discusses how current federal policies and frameworks, along with state level implementation, perpetuate and exacerbate inequalities following a disaster. It also suggests a proposed path forward for nongovernmental organizations, government and others to better integrate justice into recovery.

Disasters and Vulnerable Populations

  • The Trauma of Puerto Rico’s ‘Maria Generation’ – ABC News: A video and text explaining the severe impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico’s children.
  • Natural disasters leave their mark on kids who live through them – Popular ScienceResearchers studying natural disasters’ effects on kids have found that years later, there were lingering impacts on health and academic performance.
  • How Federal Disaster Money Favors The Rich – NPR: “. . .an NPR investigation has found that across the country, white Americans and those with more wealth often receive more federal dollars after a disaster than do minorities and those with less wealth.”
  • How Natural Disasters Spur Gentrification – City Lab: Richard Florida summarizes a new paper in the Urban Affairs journal which found, ”with a high degree of consistency across specifications. . .our models suggest that those neighborhoods with a higher percentage of physical building damage were more likely to have gentrified one decade after the storm.”
  • Disability Rights Advocates Work for Inclusion in Disaster Planning Process – Public Radio East: Inaccessible shelters, untrained shelter staff and limited services and resources created unnecessary challenges for people with disabilities during and after Hurricane Florence. Disability Rights North Carolina, the state’s disability rights monitoring group, released a report in February describing these findings. Advocates are now working to elevate the voices of people with disabilities and their caregivers to ensure that their needs aren’t overlooked when planning for the next disaster.”

Disaster Data, Predictions and the Impact of Climate Change

  • AccuWeather’s U.S. Tornado Forecast Shows Four States Face the Highest Risk This Year Is Your State One of Them? Accuweather predicts there will be 1,075 tornadoes in 2019, which is nine percent more than the 987 tornadoes in 2018.”
  • Earth just experienced one of the warmest years on record – CNN and It’s Official: 2018 Was the Fourth-Warmest Year on Record – NY Times – Both provide information on temperatures and precipitation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA.
  • Goodbye Venice, goodbye Ravenna, goodbye Ferrara, goodbye Carthage? Many World Heritage Sites around the Mediterranean are at grave risk from sea-level rise by 2100, report says – The Art Newspaper
  • Munich Re released their 2018 disaster data. This is a great source of information on the international impacts of disasters in the previous year.
  • A Devastating Arctic Temperature Rise that Could Submerge Coastal Cities and Trigger Species Extinction is Now Locked In – Business Insider:A new report from the UN Environment Assembly delivers another blow to humanity’s collective hopes of reining in rising temperatures on a rapidly warming planet. Even if global greenhouse gas emissions were to stop overnight, wintertime temperatures in the Arctic would still go up by 9 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, the report found.”
  • Why Disaster Relief Is So Hard – Vox: “. . .disaster relief, especially in the immediate aftermath of disasters like Cyclone Idai and the floods in the Midwest, can be difficult to do effectively. People who donate in those situations may be disappointed to learn that their donations haven’t been especially useful . . .But these problems with disaster relief don’t have to lead to paralysis. For the potential donor, effective giving in response to disasters requires looking at potential charities with an eye for where your money matters.”