New Orleans Testing Program to Train Workers to Respond, Clean Up After Climate Disasters

New Orleans is testing a program that trains workers to respond and help clean up and recovery efforts after climate disasters, which is supported by the Families and Workers Fund.

Resilience Force, a nonprofit that trains workers to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, provided training to 100 people in New Orleans. Most of the workers had been earning minimum wage at service jobs before the pandemic hit.

Saket Soni, the group’s executive director, said a high proportion of people who received training were people of color and immigrants. They are workers who are usually underpaid and are willing to put themselves at risk to complete their jobs.

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