Hurricane Maria: Hurricane Preparedness Problems | Fortune

 Photo by Penn State via Flickr

Photo by Penn State via Flickr

Once a hurricane is over, there is never a better time to forget it ever happened. For the majority of Americans who do not live in a region that has been recently devastated by a storm, this can be easy. Perhaps with the exception of Hurricane Katrina, large-scale natural disasters capture the national interest under just two circumstances: right before they occur and right after. This can be hard to accept, especially in the midst of a terrible, still-unfolding hurricane season. On the heels of Harvey and Irma, Hurricane Maria has created devastation in the Caribbean, killing at least one person and ravaging sections of Dominica. As it speeds toward Puerto Rico, the governor of the island has called it “the biggest and potentially most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in a century.” It is hard to imagine ever forgetting such devastation. Yet, time and again, we do. Why?

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