Post-hurricane, can communities rebuild better?

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Post-hurricane, can communities rebuild better?

March 30, 2018

A UW health scientist explores how disaster recovery includes long-term opportunities. 

"The default response after a major disaster is often to rebuild as quickly as possible. This typically means replicating what existed before the storm. But why not build back in a way that corrects long-standing problems?" asks Nicole Errett, a lecturer in environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington.

In the effort of rebuilding, communities could consider health and well-being in decisions about land use, for instance creating new spaces for exercising and socializing.  Involving local health organizations in recovery decisions is a way to ensure that needs existing before a disaster are addressed in its aftermath.