ERWG Workshop #2: We Prepare

On Tuesday February, 26, CLEO hosted its second workshop in the Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women and Girls program.

Held at the YMCA, the workshop was titled “We Prepare” and taught participants how to prepare for extreme weather events, such as heat waves and hurricanes.

After a brief Climate 101 recap by Claudia, CLEO’s Program Manager, the workshop started with a presentation by Steve Detwiler, an Emergency Management Planner from Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Management Office. He provided instructions on signing up for weather alerts from the county, how to find out your home’s your evacuation zone and vulnerability to storm surge, creating an emergency supply kit, and how to get involved as a volunteer during aftermath recovery efforts.

Following this segment, Alba Jofre, an HUD Certified Housing Counselor at Consolidated Credit Solutions, Inc., taught the women basic personal finance concepts and how to better prepare their household budget ahead of extreme weather events. The participants learned the devastating impacts that these events can have on a family’s finances, including job loss and increased expenses, and received tips to reduce the economic impact of disaster preparedness. Moreover, they learned the difference between fixed, flexible and discretionary expenses as well as creating a budget.

The women asked questions about reducing household discomfort after losing electricity during a hurricane, as well as how to determine when to evacuate their homes versus waiting out a storm. They were motivated to start collecting the necessary supplies before the start of hurricane season. To help with the financial burden of this task, participants who complete the program will receive a free emergency supply kit, including first aid supplies, a solar puff, a flashlight, masks, and informative literature.

The next workshop in the series will take place on March 12 and will cover the topic of civic engagement.