Climate Cafe: Preparing for a climate-related catastrophe

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BRATTLEBORO — The Climate Caf will host Rich Cogliano, the Regional Emergency Management Program Coordinator of Vermont Emergency Management, for at workshop on how citizens and communities can best prepare themselves for the kinds of catastrophic weather and other climate-related events, as well as other severe crises where emergency services are rendered unavailable and people are basically on their own to take care of themselves and their neighbors.

This event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the downstairs meeting room (handicap accessible) at St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave. The workshop is free, and light refreshments will be available.

One of the important lessons from this year's hurricane and wildfire season is that the people of Houston, Puerto Rico, and California would have been better served had they made preparations for such events before they occurred, and not waited until disaster struck them and they were quickly overwhelmed.

The workshop will offer practical steps that individuals, families and communities can take to make emergency and evacuation plans that can then be acted upon promptly in a time of emergency. VEM will also provide all attendees with a booklet on emergency preparedness.

The Climate Caf is a project of Post Oil Solutions that convenes the 4th Tuesday of most months .

For more information, contact Tim Stevenson at bereal@vermontel.net or 802-869-2141.


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