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19 Sep 2016 description

By Sarah Lynagh, Andrew Robertson, Roop Singh

Picture this scenario: you are a development NGO worker who receives a significant flood watch for your area several days in advance of a massive storm system.

You may start coordinating with humanitarian agencies and local governments, but there is very little time to prepare for the event, and recovery supplies will probably not make it to the community for several weeks after the storm.

Now imagine a different scenario: you receive a flood watch for your area three weeks in advance of the storm.