Challenges & Opportunities.
Residents living in the Midwest and Gulf Coast have suffered more than their fair share of natural and man-made disasters in recent years. Floods have soaked communities along the Mississippi, super tornadoes have plowed through Alabama, oil has lacquered the Louisiana coastline, and the lingering effects from Hurricane Katrina and the Great Recession have left a landscape of complex ecological and socio-economic problems.
Compounding these problems is the clear need for:
- Long-term housing for tens of thousands of displaced people;
- Affordable physical and mental healthcare treatment for the uninsured;
- Alternative forms of energy to ween the region, indeed the nation, off fossil fuels; and
- Education and workforce development programs for dislocated workers and young adults.
The STORM SURGE Project attempts to capture first hand what people are doing to rebuild their lives and their respective communities while living under the scourge of these catastrophes.