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Live Chat with TED Speaker Vicki Arroyo: Preparing for our changing climate

TED Speaker and executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, Vicki Arroyo, will be joining us for a special one-hour live Q&A session with the TED community!

Since much of her research didn't make it into the final video, she'll be fielding questions on the science behind her inspiring talk, as well as further discussion about what we can do to prepare our homes and cities for the new climate.

Date: Friday, October 5th
Time: 12pm-1pm Eastern time


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From Vicki Arroyo:

Again, I would like to thank Aja and the TED staff for this opportunity and those who wrote in.
For more information and to see some of the tool kits I mentioned, please visit our adaptation clearinghouse at www.adaptationclearinghouse.org. I hope this conversation helps you elevate this discussion of preparedness in your own communities – wherever you call “home.”

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    Oct 5 2012: I think we need to pay attention to key environmental factors around us.

    1) Bodies of water
    2) Power plants
    3) Bio hazards (storage facilities)
    4) Get to know your Emergency staff (Go bring your firefighters some cupcakes!)

    Understand a plan of action for every possible scenario. Make 3x5 cards with the notes for each occasion. Label them for quick reference in case of an emergency.

    1) Tornado
    2) Earthquake
    3) Flood

    Then write the steps necessary to execute a good plan.

    1) Go-Bag - Get a bag ready for each family member with enough items to last at least a few days (I say 7). Have these bags ready and stored in a place that you can get to easily.

    When storing these items...do not put them on the second story of your house or apartment...or in the attic. Emergency bags should be stored near the exit or general area of an exit.

    Other good ideas:
    1) Multiple means of transport
    2) Maps of escape routes
    3) Wind up radio
    4) Flash lights
    5) Fire starters
    6) Sleeping bag
    7) Weapons
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      Oct 5 2012: most of us don't make emergency plans for any of these and other more common threats, and so I agree it's good to think through these things in advance, though what might work for some scenarios will not work in others, so makes sense to consider different threats (fires vs. floods vs. terrorism) and think if your strategy will work. I stupidly stored important papers in the basement of my Arlington home that had some water after Hurricane Isabel passed. Maybe that's better in the case of a tornado or windstorm, but not good in a flood.

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