Emergencies test the fabric of the community and attest to the importance of citizen engagement. In cities with large urban poor populations, planning not only mitigates potential financial and human losses, it also provides a baseline measurement of what survival means for a community.
With "100-year" storms occurring every few years, the expression "think globally, act locally," takes on new meaning. The frequent occurrence of these storms results in the fact that we have to pay more attention to how we are protecting our families.
Tens of millions of viewers around the world are currently sitting on pins and needles in anticipation of what will happen next on The Walking Dead. Who will get munched? What will happen to the Governor? Many viewers will sit through the show wondering, "is this foreshadowing?"
As we work to transition to a fossil fuel free economy and begin the long process of reversing the causes of climate change, we will need to adapt to the impact of the climate changes already underway.
There has been a lot of talk on the campaign about making the "tough decision to bring down the debt, to balance the budget, reduce the size of government." Those are all nice slogans, but no one is talking about what that could actually mean.
As the east coast begins to deal with the reality of Hurricane Sandy, breastfeeding moms should consider taking steps that will help ensure maximum continued breastfeeding success during the emergency.
I am in Florida as hurricane Isaac approaches. Normally old men don't come down till November, but this Isaac's early. So I looked at my fridge and pantry and came up with this vision of my food plan of action if I lose power.
While protestors have a right to demonstrate, business owners also have rights, and a responsibility to their employees and visitors. When large crowds gather outside your work environment, individuals inside may be at risk if the event spirals out of control.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a delegation of first responders from throughout California recently returned from a fact finding mission to the earthquake torn areas of Northern Japan to learn lessons that can be applied here.
We will have another large earthquake in California. No one knows when, but there will be one. So "Burners Without Borders" hosted a disaster prep workshop recently, called "How to Survive the Apocalypse On $20 and the Stuff In Your Junk Drawer."