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Available Expert - Thousands left vulnerable as Hurricane Michael hits Florida

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Queen’s University expert Korey Pasch is available to comment the vulnerability of particular geographic areas in the United States and the resources that will be needed after Hurricane Michael ripped through Florida.

“What the impacts of severe storms like Hurricane Michael, and Hurricane Florence previously, demonstrate is that we must remain conscious of the vulnerability of particular geographical areas, communities, and individuals,” says Pasch. “While a great deal of media coverage focuses on the intensity of Hurricane Michael and its record-setting strength, it is important to recognize the political, social, and economic antecedents of that vulnerability. For example, the GAO recently published a report highlighting that FEMA was totally overwhelmed by disasters in 2017 while the Trump administration has recently shifted funding away from FEMA towards immigration control measures and assisted Congress to push through tax cuts.”

Queen’s University civil engineering expert Katerini Genikomsou is also available to comment on the structural damage caused by Hurricane Michael.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) or Dave Rideout (613-533-6000 ext. 79648 or dave.rideout@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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