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Hurricane Andrew, 1992

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Andrews track from the Historical Hurricane Tracks archive.

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A field hospital set up in a trailor.

Impact on Public Health

Public health officials from across the state joined rescue and infrastructure recovery workers to aid victims and monitor various aspects of need. Dr. Charles Mahan was a Professor of Public Health at the University of South Florida at the time and travelled to the landfall areas where he was able to assess damage and request aid needs. During his travel, he reported back to university and state organizations. His professorial papers include personal photographs Dr. Mahan took at damage sites to illustrate the scope of the damage that had taken place. 

You can find extensive documentation of Mahan's first-hand experience supporting the recovery efforts in the Dr. Charles S. Mahan papers


A poster asking for donations to support people with AIDS after Hurricane Andrew.

LGBTQ+ Community

Historically marginalized communities are often in need of specialized care after disasters. The LGBTQ+ community rallied together to provide support for victims who were HIV+ and potentially disqualified for necessary medical services. This poster, from the Diana Estorino papers. Estorino was born in Matanzas, Cuba on September 21, 1951. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1978 and worked as an electroencephalographic technologist in Tampa, FL. Estorino was very active in the LGBTQ+ community and edited the lesbian periodical, Network News, in the 1980s.


Governor's Disaster Planning and Response Review Committee packet from 1992. 

A Political Legacy

Hurricane Andrew's impact in Florida expanded into many areas of Florida's culture more than 30 years ago. Since Andrew, the state has seen another Category 5 storm in Hurricane Michael in 2018 with more likely in the near future. The legal and infrastructure changes from Andrew triggered intense political debate that has been tracked by historians and pundints who have investigated the fallout of the life-altering storm.