November 2, 2015

Hurricane Patricia Recovery Effort Should Be Led by Local Entrepreneurs

Stefanie Haeffele

Deputy Director, Academic and Student Programs

Virgil Storr

Vice President, Academic & Student Programs
Summary

In the coming days and weeks, government officials in Mexico and Texas should seek to give entrepreneurs the space and freedom to act. That means getting out of the way of local leaders and encouraging residents to reopen their businesses and find ways to work together without needing approval or waiting on official plans.

We all, we're sure, breathed a sigh of relief to learn that Hurricane Patricia, at one point the strongest hurricane on record, caused much less damage than expected.

As the hurricane's landfall approached, no one knew what level of destruction it would cause on the tourist areas and poorer rural towns of Mexico's west coast. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated, and governments and aid agencies waited to see what would happen.

Luckily, the storm dissipated quickly. Zero deaths have been confirmed as being directly caused by the storm, and no major damage has been reported.

However, there is still much work to be done for many living in the areas affected by Hurricane Patricia. Heavy rain flooded homes, caused mudslides and resulted in power outages not just in Jalisco state where the storm made landfall but also in other areas in the storm's path, like cities across Texas.

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