Emergency management officials still dealing with the after-effects of hurricane season’s wrath on Puerto Rico six months after the storms emphasized Friday that resiliency conversations need to be happening from community households to the federal level.

At a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Forum on the challenges posed by extreme hurricanes, Red Cross Vice President of Disaster Operations and Logistics Brad Kieserman underscored the importance of “talking more effectively about the value of mitigation — which, frankly, has not been a sexy topic in emergency management, and yet reasonable readiness and mitigation would have alleviated so much suffering in the last nine months across the country, Puerto Rico to American Samoa.”

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