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Estimated 2.5 million people displaced by tornadoes, wildfires and other disasters in 2023

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🗞️ Driving the news: The U.S. Census Bureau's 2023 national household surveys reveal that nearly 2.5 million Americans were displaced due to disasters, highlighting that those with fewer resources, disabilities, or marginalized backgrounds are more vulnerable to displacement

🔭 The context: Decades of disaster research underscore how social circumstances influence individuals' disaster experiences and recovery processes, which are often shaped by economic and political interests, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The findings stress the need for inclusive disaster recovery and resilience strategies that address the disparate impacts of disasters on vulnerable communities globally, essential for equitable environmental sustainability

⏭️ What's next: Efforts to enhance community resilience are underway, including developing frameworks to predict and bolster community resilience pre-disaster and tools for ensuring resilience and equitable recovery post-disaster

📈 One stat: Nearly 2.5 million Americans had to leave their homes because of disasters in 2023

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