There is no doubt about it: Ida is one of the most damaging hurricanes in a generation. Year after year, however, the same stories play out on our national media. Following a major storm, we all see the devastation experienced by the impacted communities. Homes are lost, hospitals are damaged, and the outlook can seem very uncertain. Our news media has an obligation to share those stories, but does very little to celebrate and encourage the collective resilience that communities deserve in these times of difficulty.
Guidehouse expert Matt Lyttle offers thoughts on how the media can help change the images of disaster to more constructive themes centered on building safer and stronger communities.