Typhoon HaiyanTyphoon Haiyan was clocked in at 147 mph when it struck the Philippines on November 8. It was one of the strongest storms ever recorded at landfall. So was that a freak thing. Not so much.

A recent NPR story had some chilling information. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees office, Arjun Jain, says the era of big storms is upon us, and that officials, international organizations and communities need to do better at responding.

These storms are not just freak storms,” Jain says. “They are probably going to hit many coastlines all over the world, and they are probably just going to get stronger over the next few years and over the next few decades.”

Jain says both the Philippines and other coastal countries have to be prepared to deal with future storms with better contingency plans and faster recovery plans.

More than 6,000 people died, and nearly 2,000 more are still missing. Millions were displaced when their homes were destroyed or washed away. And authorities are still struggling with the simplest tasks, such as clearing away debris, rebuilding houses and counting the dead.