Under Climate Change, Care Workers Often Act as First Responders

Undark.org | June 7, 2022
Posted in Press Coverage

Afew years ago, Marquisa Jackson, a certified nurse assistant, was faced with an emergency: The power went out at the Highland, California, mental health facility where she worked. It was a sweltering summer day, and the building was quickly getting too hot for patients.

“At first I was a little panicky,” she said. “How are we going to take them outside and make it better if it’s even hotter outside?”

But with the temperatures climbing to unsafe levels inside the facility, getting patients out was her only option. She and two other nurse assistants, each in charge of their own group of residents, evacuated the building. They moved them into the shade, providing cooling towels, water, and popsicles until the power was restored a few hours later.

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