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Rapid Dissemination of Reliable Information: Superstorm Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Forms in the Caribbean Sea. Image credit: NOAA

Survey of the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy has begun. In its aftermath residents of the affected areas are facing a rising death-toll and widespread damage to property and infrastructure. Thousands on the East Coast of the United States are still without power. In Haiti flooding has led to extensive crop damage and the UN has warned of the potential for a repeat of the cholera epidemic that broke out following the 2010 Earthquake.

In the wake of events such as these it is vital to ensure the responders and decision-makers have accurate, evidence-based information available as rapidly as possible. PLOS Currents: Disasters was launched to address this need.

Content is reviewed by leading experts in the field in a streamlined review process. Field-reports and Brief  Incident Reports from on-going disasters undergo an expedited review with a goal of acceptance in a matter of days. Accepted manuscripts can be published within a few hours where the information is made freely available for anyone to read, distribute and build-upon.

Following publication there is the opportunity to re-visit published articles with further updates. These revisions will undergo a second review and will be published as a new edition.

We hope this will provide a valuable resource to those working to rebuild and recover following such a tragic event. For more information on submitting an article please see our author guidelines and FAQ or email us at

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