Caitria + Morgan O'Neill

How to step up in the face of disaster

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Filmed Jan 2012 at TEDxBoston 2012
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When a freak tornado hit their hometown, sisters Caitria and Morgan O'Neill — just 20 and 24 at the time — realized they had to jump in and help. What they learned is: After a natural disaster, there's only a tiny window before the world turns its sympathy (and its donations) elsewhere — so it's important to be prepared for every aspect of recovery. Watch this talk to learn how to step up in a timely fashion for your own community.

Caitria O'Neill
/ Disaster relief expert

When a freak tornado hit her Massachusetts hometown, Caitria O’Neill wasn't an expert in disaster relief recovery. But she learned quickly and is now passing her knowledge on through the website  Full bio.

Morgan O'Neill
/ Disaster relief expert

Pursuing her PhD in atmospheric science did not prepare Morgan O'Neill for a freak tornado hitting her hometown. With her sister, she helped coordinate a local relief effort and is teaching other towns to do the same through the website  Full bio.

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