Guest columnist Cities and communities across Florida are on the front lines of sea-level rise, increasingly powerful hurricanes, more intense downpours, and prolonged heatwaves.
Here in Tallahassee, we can expect to see temperatures over 105 F (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2019), power outages, and associated food insecurity and health risks.
Until recently Tallahassee has not been subject to a severe hurricane since Kate hit in 1985. However, in 2016, Hermine, brought devastating 80 mph winds to the Big Bend area causing massive structural damage and widespread power outages across a large portion of the tri-state region. Just a few years later, in 2018, Hurricane Michael, a category 5 hurricane, devastated the panhandle, and our community opened its doors to welcome climate refugees who lost their homes and businesses in this terrible storm.
Despite the state’s strong gross domestic product and growing economy, Florida is one of the top five states for income inequality in the U.S. (world populationreview.com).
More than 51 percent of Floridians do not have money set aside in case of an emergency (scorecard.prosperitynow.org).
This lack of an emergency cushion means that in the wake of a major disaster, like the loss of a home and belongings due to a storm or […]
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