3 Lessons from Puerto Rico: Mitigating the Health Effects of Future Hurricanes | Harvard Business Review

 Photo by Prachatai via Flickr

Photo by Prachatai via Flickr

Nearly one year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the official death toll for the disaster stands at 64. However, a new study, published Tuesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, estimates that at least 4,645 people have died as a consequence of the storm. That is more than 70 times the official estimate. Perhaps most worrisome, it is not at all clear that we are taking steps to mitigate the consequences of future hurricanes. This observation, as a new hurricane season is about to begin, should give us all pause.

With this in mind, what lessons can we learn from Hurricane Maria to better prepare us for future disasters? Here are three.

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