Learning from Hurricane Maria

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The Caribbean region, due to its geographical location, is regularly prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes. In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria caused widespread destruction in 2017 while highlighting interesting patterns and difficulties in its disaster governance, including the extent to which Puerto Rico’s emergency budget and decision timelines –as an associated United States territory- depended on the remote US mainland. This study presents an academic literature and policy document review of the roles of Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) surrounding the time of Hurricane Maria as complementary emergency assistance involved in disaster prevention, preparedness, emergency support and long-term recovery. More broadly, the study also identifies current challenges and opportunities for Puerto Rico’s energy systems and emergency preparedness in light of growing hurricane projections toward the future.
Puerto Rico, NGO, Energy sector, Climate change adaptation, Government response, Hurricane Maria 2017, Emergency management
Schirmer, M. (2022). Learning from Hurricane Maria (Unpublished master's project). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.