Covid, Climate, and Weather Preparedness

nurse vaccine CovidDr. Joe Holley kicks off the episode with a COVID update focusing on the Delta Variant and its impacts on patients across the country and around the world. He also expresses worry about healthcare professionals and hospital staff in the face increasing patient loads and lack of resources to treat them. He urges the need to get people vaccinated to lessen the load on the healthcare system.

With Tropical Storm Fred Churning towards the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida coast, we wanted a weather update from our meteorologist Dan DePodwin. He also brings in some information on the recent United Nations Climate Report that ties extreme weather increases to rapid climate changes.

Becky DePodwin, our resident disaster management expert talks about the need to prepare for multiple disasters based on your community and its particular risks and resilience level. She specifically calls out the need for wildfire preparedness in much of the western United States as continued drought increases wildfire risks there. The team discusses using resources from

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis.

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