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This new app is aimed at helping communities better prepare for flooding

 Flooding in Gonzales, Louisiana; August 2016
Jessica Rosgaard
Flooding in Gonzales, Louisiana; August 2016

Hurricane season is just around the corner, and as many Louisianans know, how well you can grapple with the damage and flooding of these storms is often based on how prepared you are. One Louisiana-based tech startup is focusing on making communities better prepared for floods by crowdsourcing data from individual neighborhoods and spreading the information to residents.

Julia Kumari Drapkin, founder of the technology startup, ISeeChange, and Jessica Dandridge, executive director of The Water Collaborative in New Orleans, tell us how they envision this app leading toward actionable steps to combat climate change.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is designing a small solar-powered satellite — a ‘cube-sat’ — that will be used by NASA to do research into detecting radiation in space. Students from multiple departments at the university are collaborating on this project and its experiments.

Jared Tessier, principal investigator with the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at ULL who is leading this project, tells us more.

But first, less than two weeks into the official start of summer, record-breaking heat has already swamped Louisiana and much of the South. And forecasters say the dangerous heat will likely continue. The Coastal Desk’s Halle Parker tells us how to stay safe from the rising temperatures.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman and Aubry Procell. 

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is Newscast Editor for the WRKF/WWNO Newsroom. Adam is also the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.