The goal of the Hurricane Memorial Project is to chronicle both the short and long-term effects of hurricanes on their communities. To start, this project is examining the Hurricane of 1928, also known as San Felipe, which wreaked havoc throughout the Caribbean and southern United States.
The hurricane of 1928 is the second largest natural disaster to occur on U.S. soil. The storm caused 4000-5000 deaths, most of which occurred in Puerto Rico and central Florida.
Chronicling these storms is crucial because their effects are often felt for decades. Notably, the hurricane of 1928 destroyed the coffee industry in Puerto Rico which only began to regain its footing in the late 1990s and early 200s. Additionally, responses to natural disasters tend to vary widely based on geography, economics, and politics. As such, it is vital to highlight the disparities in recovery efforts across different communities–doing so demonstrates the often racialized behaviors in storm recovery and highlight strategies for better responses in future storms.