The Biggert-Waters bill addresses the problems of the National Flood Insurance Program in the abstract, but it doesn’t address the problems that actually manifested on the ground when the NFIP went into action. Entrenched inequality, the glacial pace of disbursement, the difficulty of navigating the bureaucratic ocean - these problems were enough to sink families after the storm - if they were eligible for flood insurance in the first place. So what is the point of having the NFIP anyway, when so much of it is apparently broken?
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Home damage is known to lead to emotional distress, yet it was not until recently that researchers began to understand the complexity of this relationship in disaster-impacted communities. One might assume that as the amount of housing damage increases, so too does the emotional distress of its owner or occupant. In post-Katrina New Orleans, however, we found that residents whose homes were badly damaged but remained standing had higher levels of emotional distress than those whose homes were completely destroyed.
How has Hurricane Sandy influenced New York City's mayoral race? It's not totally clear. But we do know that voters in communities hardest hit by Sandy mandate a social resilience platform.
In the United States, we're used to media coverage of evangelical leaders who say that particular disasters reflect divine will. But what did local Christian leaders say after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City?