The Resilience through Education and Design Clinics focus on educating property owners and renters, design professionals and contractors on the process of holistic, survivor-centric recovery. Through expert-organized forums and community engagement, REDC aims to bridge the knowledge and action gap for residents and businesses of northeast Florida affected by hurricane Irma. The program's goal is to empower families and neighborhoods that have fallen through the cracks of the recovery efforts.
After disasters, there is a large disparity between those individuals who have financial means, and those that do not. Those that do, start and end their recovery quickly, typically within 18 months, post-event. These individuals tend to gain over $85,000 in wealth. Conversely, those families that do not have the economic means to retain professional services, take 3-5 times as long, and lose approximately $20,000 in wealth. This gap is becoming wider and wider with each and every disaster.
Throughout our leadership role in the disaster recovery, homeowners that we have met and assisted at some point asked us, "What now? How do I make my family safe? How can you help us make our home safe from future storms?" Through our community workshop and educational program, we are empowering those individuals to reimagine their neighborhood to combat the long-term effects of climate change. We enable survivors to work collaboratively for their community, while making their homes stronger.
The Elevated Studio believes that the REDC program can help level the playing field during recovery for those individuals who have been left behind. We empower vulnerable populations with strong knowledge around sustainable and resilient neighborhoods and homes. We create community champions for change who can continue to advocate and raise awareness long after the program activities end. These community champions will help create a union of preparedness and mitigate against future hazards.