With Harvey and Irma on the mind, remembering Hurricane Camille

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With the recovery from Hurricane Harvey underway, there is growing concern about Hurricane Irma, a major storm that could hit Florida later this week. Andrew Morris, an associate professor of history, recently went on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, to discuss the federal disaster aid policy.

Morris is currently at work on a book about Hurricane Camille and the transformation of American disaster relief policy, which will be published in 2019 by the University of Pennsylvania Press to coincide with the storm’s 50th anniversary.

On Aug. 17, 1969, Camille slammed into the Mississippi coast. The Category 5 storm, one of the strongest ever to make landfall in the U.S., killed more than 140 in the Gulf Coast region and leveled thousands of homes and buildings.

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