RECAP: Long-Term Recovery Briefing, 9/21/18

The Institute for Sustainable Development convened its disaster recovery, resilience, and community transform council to discuss the long-term recovery from hurricanes Florence (2018) and Maria (2017).

Spotlight #1: Caution about rushing to judgment about the impacts of Florence

John Copenhaver and Stephen Jordan discussed the rolling and ongoing impacts of Hurricane Florence.

Florence was a long-lived hurricane that made landfall in the Carolinas on September 14 (background). Copenhaver reiterated many of the points he made in his CNBC interview and also cautioned that the health, environmental, social services, and economic impacts would not be fully realized for months, if not years to come.

In addition, to avoid or minimize future losses in the same way, teams need to be deployed to understand the threats and vulnerabilities that were exposed by the storm, and steps for future resilience need to be embedded in recovery calculations.

Spotlight #2: Puerto Rico recovery and resilience education needs and opportunities

Puerto Rico Secretary of Education Julia Keleher provided an overview of Puerto Rico’s education system, which can be found here.

She identified many opportunities for corporate citizenship and public-private partnership initiatives to support the ongoing recovery, including:

  • Library support (books, hardware, software)

  • Academic mentoring and counseling for students

  • Exchange programs

  • Distance learning support

  • Guidance center and career counseling and support

  • Nutrition, health, and human services support