On January 27-28 in Downtown West Palm Beach, the Urban Stories Festival seeks to build community through storytelling. The Howl at the Moon Stories event explores the theme West Palm Beach–what was, what is, what could be through the lenses of civic engagement, social equity, economic prosperity, environmental justice and safe neighborhoods. Cultural and community partners will join the general public to provide stories. Activities and entertainment include live dance and musical performances, children’s storytimes and hands-on arts and crafts, a bike tour to explore the city’s past, and other activities. The festival is supported by FAU’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, the Arts & Entertainment District of West Palm Beach, and Blue Planet Writers’ Room. Learn more at www.urbanstoriesfestival.com
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, stakeholders and decision-makers are responding to and examining the storm’s impacts on Florida. To facilitate this discussion, the Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions (CUES) at Florida Atlantic University convened a summit, Lessons from Hurricane Irma for Increasing Resilience: From Practice to Revising Plans and Policy on Tuesday, November 28, 2017–1:00-5:00 pm, in Fort Lauderdale.
South Florida will continue to be exposed to major hurricanes, therefore we need to continually engage stakeholders to refine plans and continue to develop a culture of preparedness.
We still have a long way to go to ensure that the most vulnerable members of society are included in evacuation and sheltering plans. This includes the elderly. Planning also needs to consider the large segment of the population that have pets and are not willing to abandon them during an emergency.
The more we can think holistically about how communities and buildings are designed, the more resilient we will be in the aftermath of disasters.
Nonprofits like Evacuteer.org based in New Orleans and KeysStrong.org in the Florida Keys recruit and involve citizen volunteers for preparedness and response to disasters. Many more communities could benefit from involving these and other nonprofit organizations into their planning efforts.
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Contact us to learn more about how FAU can help make your community more resilient.
Hosted by FAU’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions in partnership with:
- FAU Harbor Branch
- Institute for Healthy Aging and Lifespan Studies
- Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES)
- Freight Mobility Research Institute
The FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities is a program that provides mayors and municipal leaders in South Florida the opportunity to draw upon experts for creative and attainable solutions to local problems. The process allows community leaders a safe space to hash out ideas with input from our team of experts, who assist with visioning creative solutions and identifying next steps in resolving issues.
At the end of the process, the mayor and key leaders depart with the group’s short and long-term recommended actions, strategies for accomplishing those actions, and a renewed sense of optimism for implementation in their community.FAU delivers a final report and can meet with the mayor and city leaders to discuss next steps towards implementation. Bring the FAU Incubator to your community