Decision-makers who fail to ensure climate-safe design and construction could find themselves in similar straits. Most American cities and towns are sorely unprepared for the current climate, and even less prepared for future climate-change impacts. Some municipal governments have made significant contributions to adaptation planning and implementation, but generally there remains a troubling and ever-increasing gap between climate-related vulnerabilities and local preparedness. According to a 2011 survey, only 13 percent of . cities had even completed an assessment of their vulnerabilities and risks.
“Work stoppages by public employees are not lawful in West Virginia and will have a negative impact on student instruction and classroom time,” state Schools Superintendent Steve Paine said in a news release Tuesday afternoon. “Families will be forced to seek out alternative safe locations for their children, and our many students who depend on schools for daily nutrition will face an additional burden. I encourage our educators to advocate for the benefits they deserve, but to seek courses of action that have the least possible disruption for our students.