Climate Talk at Arcola Lakes Library in Little River

With hurricane season well underway, The CLEO Institute spearheaded a hurricane preparedness discussion in the Little River/West Little River neighborhood as part of a Miami-Dade County grant. On Thursday, September 19, CLEO held its third Hurricane Preparedness and Climate Talk at Arcola Lakes Library. The workshop was facilitated by Natalie Rivas, CLEO’s Program Manager, and Olivia Collins, CLEO’s Director of Programs.

It began with a 30-minute Climate 101, where Olivia explained the science, impacts and solutions of the climate crisis. She highlighted impacts local to Miami like the threat of increased storm surge, sea level rise and salt water intrusion. Olivia followed with a detailed 20-minute hurricane preparedness component, expanding on what kind of items make a complete hurricane kit and what county and community resources are available to residents. She covered the importance of having a family communication plan and knowing your local evacuation centers and community action centers.

Afterwards, the attendees completed a survey giving feedback on what they learned. All attendees enjoyed a delicious vegetarian meal from a local chef and received a solar puff, a CLEO grocery tote bag, a reusable water bottle as well as a hurricane prep checklist and more resources.

The CLEO Institute would like to thank Arcola Lakes Library and their staff for being so welcoming and the attendees for being so engaged and asking great questions.

Climate Training, 2019, Q3Natalia Ortiz