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Advancing America’s Access to Climate Preparedness Tools


Kathy Baughman McLeod, Founding and Former Director, Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center
Charlene Lake, Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP-Corporate Social Responsibility, AT&T
Ry Rivard, Reporter, POLITICO
Dr. Galen Treuer, Climate Tech and Economic Innovation Manager, Miami-Dade County


with patron Programming Sponsor

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“Women are disproportionately impacted by extreme heat.” 

– Kathy Baughman McLeod

“Heat is the number one silent killer.” 

– Dr. Galen Treuer

“We can’t be resilient independently; we need our communities to be resilient too.”

– Charlene Lake 

“Once I was told that heat never killed people but that’s certainly not true anymore.”

– Ry Rivard

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Extreme weather, particularly extreme heat, is becoming increasingly prevalent and poses significant challenges, impacting various aspects of society, including the economy, health, and infrastructure. 
  • Preparedness and early warning systems are crucial in addressing extreme heat events, such as AT&T’s ClimRR portal. Public awareness and community cohesion play a vital role in survival during disasters. 
  • Collaboration between the public and private sectors is essential to developing effective resilience plans and mitigating the impact of extreme weather events. Data sharing and cooperation are key components of such partnerships. 
  • Vulnerable workers, such as agricultural workers, need support and protections during extreme heat events, including economic assistance and safer working conditions. Collaboration between insurers, employers, and policymakers is vital.