Community Resilience in the Face of Disaster  

Hosted in Dallas, the 2017 AARP Livable Communities National Conference was an opportunity for elected officials, planning professionals, local leaders and community advocates from throughout the nation to share ideas, best practices and solutions for making towns, cities and communities more livable for people of all ages. The following video is from November 16, 2017, Day 2 of the AARP Livable Communities conference. Plenary Panel: Community Resilience in the Face of Disaster   Graciana Garces, Director of Community Engagement, BakerRipley Harrison Rue, Community Building …

New Hope for Older People in a Disaster

It’s hurricane season. Yes, until Nov. 30. In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an active or extremely active hurricane season. That means we could see 13 to 20 named storms, of which three to six could be major hurricanes (categories 3-5).  This is well above the seasonal average. As we know from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, older people are particularly at risk during a hurricane. That’s true for all forms of disaster – natural, man-made …

Wake of the Flood

It has been hard the past week to avoid images of flooding in Mississippi and Louisiana, as the Mississippi River, gorged on rainfall from points north, threatened to leap the levees and consume New Orleans in 25 feet (!) of water. Officials, seeking a lesser evil, opted to open the Morganza Spillway and flood thousands of acres of cropland and – yes – residential areas. Which brings us to today’s point: You never know when a natural disaster might upend …