1. Their stories matter.
2. They shouldn't be forgotten.
3. Families need deaths to be documented as storm-related in order to get FEMA to pay for some of their funeral/burial costs. /32
They've gotten 3,005 applications for that assistance.
Again, these are ppl claiming deaths were Maria-related.
In closing: These stories matter. This context matters. "Indirect" hurricane deaths ARE hurricane deaths, per CDC. And deaths were wildly underreported.
Plus: Grappling with this actual reality could help prevent future storm deaths. /34