Disasters

Wildland-Urban Interface — How Disastrous Wildfires Get into Your Neighborhood

As this month's fatal California fires demonstrated, the risk of wildfire at the wildland-urban interface rises as development moves into fire-prone zones. The latest TipSheet explains this complex phenomenon, and provides story ideas and a wide range of resources to help you get ahead of the problem.

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Florida’s Migrant Farm Workers Struggle After Irma Damaged Homes, Crops

"'If you listen to the news coverage about Irma, you'll hear about damage to the farms. You don't ever hear about impact to farm workers,' said Jeannie Economos, the pesticide safety and environmental health project coordinator with the Farmworker Association of Florida."

Source: InsideClimate News, 10/17/2017

"Raw Sewage Contaminating Waters In Puerto Rico After Maria"

"Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. People without running water bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated streams, and some islanders have been drinking water from condemned wells."

Source: AP, 10/17/2017

"Few Puerto Rican Households Had Flood Insurance. They Can’t Afford It"

"SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- One of the most eye-opening statistics in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s roar through here is that there were just 5,675 federal flood insurance policies on an island with nearly 1.57 million housing units."

Source: McClatchy, 10/13/2017

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