The Real Disaster of Hurricane Fiona

This runs deeper than the water inland.

A man wades through a flooded street after Hurricane Fiona affected the area in Yauco, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 18, 2022. by Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters
Playa Salinas is flooded after the passing of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Alejandro Granadillo)
Residents affected by Hurricane Fiona rest at a storm shelter in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Stephanie Rojas)
  • We need flood protection planning. This can be achieved by building strategic infrastructure that can mitigate and adapt in case of the worst-case scenario. This means it needs to be over-designed and over-built, to compensate for rising sea levels and heat.
  • We need to actively inspect and use the relief funds given to the government, to help houses that are poorly built be able to sustain the winds and rain that are more than known to be prone on our island.
  • We need a more intelligently designed and robust electric grid system whose main function is to serve individuals not suck them financially dry with pretexts and excuses that, even if they were valid, should be actively worked to a state of betterment, and not a state of status quo and temporary mitigation.
  • We need better education and more local industry, so we don’t have to depend on things/ people being sent over when the island is on no-flights lock down.

Where to send help for immediate relief:

Food & Medicine

Domestic Violence

Legal Aid

Sustainability

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Architectural design practitioner on my way to licensure. In a quest to find my voice in a noisy world.

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Andrea Arias

Architectural design practitioner on my way to licensure. In a quest to find my voice in a noisy world.