May 7, 2014
Action is imperative to prepare and protect residents of communities like South Florida that are extremely vulnerable to climate impacts. In an interview with USA Today, Vicki Arroyo noted that seniors are particularly at risk from extreme weather events, as we've seen with storms like hurricanes Sandy and Katrina.
The region also has a disproportionate share of elderly residents, many ironically drawn to Florida for its balmy weather, says Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Washington,D.C.-based Georgetown Climate Center. She says elderly people, who are more susceptible in heat waves and less apt to relocate in storms, were hardest hit when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005.
To view the full article on the USA Today site, click here. To learn more adaptation efforts in different states, localities, and sectors in response to climate impacts, visit the Climate Center's Adaptation Clearinghouse.