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Preparing for disaster [Letter]

I was glad to read that three people were rescued unharmed from flash floods in the Baltimore area ("Several are rescued after downpours cause flooding," April 15).

Unfortunately, these types of extreme weather events are becoming more common, and we are discovering that many people and communities are unprepared to cope with the effects of heavy rains or extreme temperatures.

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As your article notes, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works has put in place some temporary fixes to address flooding in low-lying areas, and it is working on finding permanent solutions. In the meantime, we have to help people become better prepared.

The Baltimore Commission on Sustainability is hosting a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 22 at 1701 N. Gay Street to address the need for people to prepare for weather disasters. The theme of the meeting is "Make A Plan, Build A Kit, Help Each Other," and all are welcome to attend.

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For more information, visit baltimoresustainability.org

Cheryl A. Casciani

The writer is chair of the Baltimore Commission on Sustainability and director of community investment at the Baltimore Community Foundation.

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