At least seven people are dead, 900,000 homes and businesses have lost power, and an estimated 325,000 people who fled the storm have to find their way back home.
Those researchers—John Renne, a professor of urban and regional planning and the director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, and doctoral student Andrea Ramos—reviewed six sorts of emergency plans for all 67 of Florida’s counties.
Multihazard plans are for events that include both hurricanes and other issues like flooding or environmental contamination risk.
Renne and Ramos graded the effectiveness of each of plan on a 0 to 2 point scale, for a possible 12 points in total.
A well-developed scheme scored a two.
In the end, 10 counties, all in northern Florida or the state’s panhandle, got “weak” scores—fewer than four points.