Coronavirus: What Happens if a Natural Disaster Also Hits?

In just one day, event more governors and mayors have taken action to encourage (or mandate) residents to stay home. For instance, California Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded his shelter in place order to apply to the entire state making his, the nation’s strictest response.

But now, in states like California, the question being asked by state officials is what happens if a natural disaster (like a wildfire) occurs in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic? As the LA Times reported, “some communities have started planning how they would respond to those dual problems simultaneously, particularly if people in a virus-stricken area have to be evacuated and sheltered.” This worry hasn’t eased with President Trump’s current lack of mobilization of a coordinated response across all government agencies.

Why This Matters: In the day and age of climate change, we’re going to have to walk and chew gum at the same time when it comes to disasters. We live in a world with increasing complexity but one thing’s certain: we have to be prepared and we need leaders who are willing to make tough choices to get us ready.

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