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How to Survive a Climate Disaster

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  • This video discusses the resiliency of communities during and after climate disasters.
  • Students will learn that communities with stronger social ties have higher rates of survival and rebuilding than more disconnected communities.
  • The video concludes that local governments should invest in infrastructure and community services that encourage residents to interact to make their communities more resilient.
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  • The video incorporates engaging imagery as well as clear text to help ensure student understanding and engagement. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need to be familiar with the concept of climate change.  
  • Students will need to be aware of what climate-related disasters are.


Scientist Notes
This resource is a 6-minute video that discusses ways in which different communities respond to extreme weather events, particularly in the context of climate change. A 1995 heat wave in Chicago is presented as an example. This resource makes a convincing case that communities that are more connected tend to be more resilient to extreme weather events, in part because residents in these communities tend to know their neighbors and can check in on them during emergencies. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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