The Madeleine Brand Show for August 25, 2011

Make nice with your neighbors: they're the key to surviving a disaster

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Are you prepared for an emergency?

Hurricane Irene is on track to hit the outer banks of North Carolina on Saturday. It's expected to cause heavy rain storms that may stretch all the way to New York City. Meanwhile, residents from Virgina to Pennsylvania are still trying to get over the shock of the rare earthquake that damaged the Washington monument, rattled the capitol and sent hordes of office workers heading for the exits earlier this week. In spite of all our technical achievements, natural disasters - from Katrina to the Japanese tsunami - continue to remind us that we cannot control nature and we're often not prepared to handle the chaos that such disasters create. U.S. AID fellow Daniel Aldrich joins us to talk about how to respond to a disaster.


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