On behalf of all of us at Southface Institute, I would like to offer our deepest sympathies to those who lost loved ones, suffered property damage, and are still experiencing power outages and lack of access to resources and services they need because of Hurricane Ida. Our hearts especially go out to those who feel the environmental impacts more acutely and recover more slowly because of entrenched housing and health inequities.
We recognize that humans can never prevent every natural disaster or ensure that everyone will get through one unscathed, but we can take steps to mitigate climate change, which we know is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. We can increase the ability of our homes, workplaces, businesses, and community-serving buildings to withstand storms and environmental threats. We can also develop mitigation and resiliency strategies and actions to support the most vulnerable of our communities who feel the impact of these storms more intensely. These are goals we work toward every day at Southface through education, research, advocacy, and technical assistance – to achieve a healthy built environment for all.
So, while we offer our thoughts and sympathies to everyone impacted by Hurricane Ida, we also offer our ongoing commitment and focus to build a more tempered, resilient future — one in which you and your loved ones face fewer and less severe environmental threats to begin with and recover more easily when you do. We are with you, and we will help however we can.
Yours in sustainability,
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