Natural Disasters & Equity Policy Brief

This year, hurricane season will coincide with health, economic, and racial crises of a historical nature. Preparations must go beyond debris removal contracts and FEMA reimbursement protocols. It is time to set a vision for disaster preparation, response, and recovery that commits to improving outcomes for those who suffer the most from disaster–Black, Brown, and poor households. This policy brief reviews the South’s high vulnerabilities to natural disaster, the racial and income inequities exacerbated by disaster, and the lack of preparations around social services by many local communities. Recommendations for policymakers include mapping social service capabilities admist the pandemic, committing to better outcomes, helping small communities survive, and taking climate action.

Scroll to Top