When to shelter vs. evacuate and how–CUES Director John L. Renne shares his research on surviving an emergency with The Week https://buff.ly/2iygyTc
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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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
On NPR’s All Things Considered, host Robert Siegel interviewed CUES Director Dr. John Renne on the topic Florida Prepares To Evacuate Residents Ahead Of Hurricane Irma.
Dr. John Renne, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, was cited in a recent article in The Atlantic on the possible role of self-driving cars in hurricane evacuations: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/10/self-driving-cars-evacuations/504131/. Dr. Renne has also been cited regarding hurricane evacuation recently in The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/11/us/hurricane-matthew-southeast-flooding.html?_r=0) and Wired (https://www.wired.com/2016/10/move-2-million-people-hurricane-matthews-way/).