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 …

Former NFL Players Aid Victims of Hurricane Sandy

There was enough warning, you could watch the weather channel and the local news to watch the path of Hurricane Sandy. Everyone knew she was coming. Experts were predicting the worst-case scenarios. But in the aftermath, the truth of what Hurricane Sandy left behind in the burned-out homes in Breezy Point, Queens, to the flooded buildings and subways in New York City. The reality of the devastation was widespread and heartbreaking. In the words of President Obama “This is going to …

Volunteers Washed Away in Severe Weather

Here in Washington, D.C. most people have stocked their cabinets with water, batteries and non-perishable foods and settled into their cozy homes to weather the severe rain and wind that Hurricane Sandy is unleashing. But what about those who don’t have a roof over their head? The reality is that their situation becomes very fragile during these times because many of the services the homeless rely on operate only with the generous help of volunteers. And with the severe weather …

Safety Warning for Portable Generators During Hurricane

If you’re planning on using a portable generator for power should Hurricane Sandy wipe out electricity in your region, beware: Nearly 100 people die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by using their generators incorrectly. The nation’s poison centers, as well as federal safety agencies, have issued warnings urging Americans to use caution and follow safety guidelines when setting up their portable generators during this storm. The American Association of Poison Control Centers says carbon monoxide poisoning is the …

Checklist For A Safe And Healthy Summer

Guest Post: As AARP’s Sustainability Manager, Pam Evans has led the effort to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into AARP’s internal business operations. She’s passionate about educating members on the importance of responsible use of resources, and the direct connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of our, and future, generations.  June is ‘Great Outdoors Month‘ and each region of the country offers its unique way in which we welcome the summer. One of my favorite summer memories …

Be like a Boy Scout and “Be Prepared.”

The Boy Scouts had it right. Their motto is “be prepared” and if the St. Louis tornado Friday taught us anything, it’s to try and always heed this warning. The tornado was the strongest the area had seen in 44 years. Its 200 mph winds leveled houses and destroyed the roof of the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Thankfully no one was killed in its  22 mile path. But the disaster is a reminder that not only is hurricane season soon …