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Think about a time you've experienced bad weather: heavy rains, ice and snow, high winds, or maybe searing heat. How has it affected your plans for the day? What kind of adaptations do you make to deal with inclement weather? Do you take extra precautions, like carrying an umbrella, driving more slowly, wearing extra layers of clothes, or drinking more water? Extreme storms affect more than individuals and the decisions that they make for themselves and their households; extreme storms can have major impacts on the communities that lay in their path. A community's ability to respond to a major storm, and to exhibit resilience afterwards, depends on its capabilities in risk assessment, management, and preparedness. To do so, geoscientists, public policymakers, and emergency management specialists must work together to respond effectively. Preparation, response, and resilience can be complicated by other factors, however, like climate change. How can specialists and policymakers respond to changes in the environment that affect the patterns, frequency, and impacts of major storms? In this module, you'll find out by putting yourself in the shoes of those specialists by studying case studies of high-profile storms, as well as exploring storm preparedness in your own region, using data to analyze and develop policy recommendations.
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