Neighbors are the key to survival

A commenter on the PhinneyWood blog pointed us to Professor David Aldrich, whose research shows that social networks are key to survival and recovery in disasters.  NPR did a story.

The research concerns less-developed countries (India), or places with more cohesive social bonds than we have here (Japan, New Orleans).  In Seattle – as in many American cities – we may not even know the people on our block or in our building, much less trust them.

Our challenge is to open social channels while also teaching specific disaster response skills.  Not trivial!

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