Preparing the Americas

From Red Cross Chat

Two weeks ago, we entered the 2009 Hurricane Season. With the threat of H1N1 lingering, we have a unique set of circumstances facing our nation.

The message of public preparedness has never been more timely than it is now.

  • More than 2 million people around the world were affected by disasters last year.

  • In the Americas alone, more people were affected by disasters in 2008 than any year in the previous decade.

  • 15 million people suffered through floods and hurricanes.

  • In 2008, the US saw its 2nd most active tornado season on record, 5th most active hurricane season, and a verybusy wildfire season

  • In light of this trend, we brought together several experts to discuss hurricane preparedness in a H1N1 world.

    Here are a few of the remarks that came out of yesterday’s panel:


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