EDITORIAL

Science of preparedness

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Science  15 Sep 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6356, pp. 1073
DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9025

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Our hearts go out to those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma and by earlier monsoons across South Asia. These events are compelling reminders of the important role that science must play in preparing for disasters. But preparation is challenging, as reflected in the many facets of the “science of preparedness.” Certainly, modeling and forecasting storms are critical, but so are analyses of how agencies, communities, and individuals interact to understand and implement preparedness initiatives.