What communities can learn from Ida’s aftermath
After disaster hits a community, you might expect existing conflicts to intensify. But social science research tells us that people affected by disaster actually act more altruistically than they normally would, says Jason von Meding, Ph.D., a disaster-studies expert in the College of Design, Construction and Planning.
One example of a community pulling together is the work of mutual aid networks in New Orleans after Hurricane Ida. These networks could serve as a national model for community-led disaster recovery, von Meding said.