Report – Health Resources and Services Administration Has Controls and Strategies to Mitigate Hurricane Preparedness and Response Risk

Health Resources and Services Administration Has Controls and Strategies to Mitigate Hurricane Preparedness and Response Risk

Source:Office of Inspector General [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS OIG)

Date Published: 12/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 16-page report was undertaken to identify the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s potential risks for preparing for and responding to hurricanes and other natural disasters, and to determine whether HRSA has designed and implemented controls and strategies to mitigate these potential risks. Within the four risk areas related to HRSA’s hurricane preparedness and response activities, the report identifies 13 sub-risk areas, and rated 12 as low risk and one as moderate risk.

URL:https://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region4/41802015.asp

Study – Interorganizational Coordination and a Vulnerable Population during Hurricane Irma in 2017: A Qualitative Case Study on Joint Efforts for Undocumented Immigrant Disaster Safety

Interorganizational Coordination and a Vulnerable Population during Hurricane Irma in 2017: A Qualitative Case Study on Joint Efforts for Undocumented Immigrant Disaster Safety

Source:University of Colorado at Boulder, Natural Hazards Center

Date Published: 2018

Format: Text

Annotation: This qualitative case study aims to gain a greater understanding of the interorganizational coordination that assisted undocumented immigrants in South Apopka, Florida, during and immediately after Hurricane Irma in 2017. It discusses the study’s central themes and suggests policy strategies to encourage community coordination to protect the lives of vulnerable people from institutional blindness in disasters.

URL:https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/interorganizational-coordination-and-a-vulnerable-population-during-hurricane-irma-in-2017

Study – ¡Puerto Rico Se Levanta!: Hurricane María and Narratives of Struggle, Resilience, and Migration

¡Puerto Rico Se Levanta!: Hurricane María and Narratives of Struggle, Resilience, and Migration

Source:University of Colorado at Boulder, Natural Hazards Center

Date Published: 3/2018

Format: Text

Annotation: This study draws on resiliency and migration models to analyze the experiences of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane María. The research examines how respondents and their families experienced Hurricane María and relief efforts, the survival strategies they deployed after the storm, their migration decision-making and journeys to Florida, and their interpretations of governmental response to the hurricane.

URL:https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/puerto-rico-se-levanta-hurricane-maria-and-narratives-of-struggle-resilience-and-migration

Report – Social Vulnerability and the Role of Puerto Rico’s Healthcare Workers After Hurricane Maria

Social Vulnerability and the Role of Puerto Rico’s Healthcare Workers After Hurricane Maria

Source:University of Colorado at Boulder, Natural Hazards Center

Date Published: 6/2018

Format: Text

Annotation: This report summarizes a study that used interview and observation data with healthcare workers across Puerto Rico to better understand what kind of impacts Hurricane Maria had on people’s health, and who was most impacted. It sought to understand how healthcare workers responded to the crisis in order to reach communities in need. It highlights how and why people with chronic health conditions, those who were economically disadvantaged, rural populations, and older populations were particularly vulnerable to the health impacts of the storm and massive, extended disruptions to key infrastructure.

URL:https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/social-vulnerability-and-the-role-of-puerto-ricos-healthcare-workers-after-hurricane-maria