Tag Archives: Disaster Preparedness

Support Gullah/Geechee Rising SEA and Help #GullahGeechee Resiliency

The Gullah/Geechee community that has been self-sufficient and resilient in this area since the 1600s is now faced with an on-slaught of challenges to the continuation of their culture on their own land which has been passed down since the US Civil War. They are not only dealing with issues of economic inequity, but also environmental injustice which has and continues to cause displacement of Gullah/Geechee from the southeastern coast. For those that remain there, they are literally on the front shoreline of climate change and sea level rise.

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Flooding and Emergency Management

Although Hurricane Florence has long left the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the remnants of the massive down pours of rain and storm water still remain.  Rivers are still rising through the Carolinas.  Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) and the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders and Representatives of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been coordinating emergency management and recovery efforts  in collaboration with the Black Emergency Management Association (BEMA).  

In order to provide financial support for the efforts, please donate at these links and share them with your networks:

https://www.gofundme.com/GullahGeecheeStorm
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/schurricanerelief

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Safety, Disaster, and Storm Preparation in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

I have lived through several hurricanes on St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  I have also been engaged in disaster preparedness and climate change planning in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and other parts of the world.  More than all of this, I am a person of faith.  However, I do not simply pray-I prepare.  So, as I pray and I prepare, GOD has called me to also share.  

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Living Through Matthew in the #GullahGeechee Nation

As the coverage of #HurricaneMatthew continued and we prayed unceasingly for the islands of our kins people-Haiti, the Bahamas, and Cuba, we also prayed for all in this pathway of what was going to take every thing from the pages and the Powerpoint presentations of scientific reports and predictions about sea level rise and storm surge and place it on the center stage of real life after having rehearsed as theories. I wondered if the people that I worked with in so many meetings to discuss resilience and adaptation would now be paying attention to the cultural heritage aspects of all of this. I also wondered if equity entered their minds. SMH I continued praying while staying.

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Gullah/Geechee Leaders Train the US Environmental Protection Agency on Community Engagement

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net) has worked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency for over 16 years.  They have continued this partnership in order to gain more knowledge on how to protect and sustain the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.   Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com), who is the …

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Disaster Preparedness and Food Security in the Face of Climate Change

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) I recently had the honor of being invited to deliver a keynote address at Chicago State University.   I was part of a group of passionate people from the Fuller Park Community Development Corporation.  Brother Michael Howard, the CEO and Founder of Fuller Park Community Development …

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