Date & Time: January 24, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
This webinar is the first in a 3-part series on climate change, toxic hazards, and how to prepare to protect public health before, during, and after a superstorm or flood. Speakers in this initial webinar will focus on how individuals and communities can prepare before calamity hits a community. They will describe a range of potential exposures to mixtures of toxic chemicals in water, air, and industrial sources that may be encountered during climate disasters and how to prepare to avoid them. The webinar will address the status of cleanup of Superfund sites nationwide, and how communities and businesses are changing preparation processes based on lessons learned from prior storms like Maria, Harvey, Irma, and Florence.
Speaker Tiffany Skogstrom of the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) will focus on training community leaders and industry representatives on chemical safety and resiliency in the face of upcoming storms, preventing the risk of creating new Superfund sites. Skogstrom will demonstrate OTA’s new online map of toxics users and climate vulnerabilities and discuss the findings of their trainings. Speaker Dr. Jennifer Horney of the University of Delaware’s Epidemiology Program and Disaster Research Center and adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University will discuss how Houston residents’ views on environmental health and resiliency of parks and recreation areas changed in response to the impacts from Hurricane Harvey. Horney will focus on how data collected after Harvey could inform future disaster planning and preparation in Texas, and how this is applicable nationwide.
This webinar will be moderated by Dr. Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Clinical Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health.
This webinar will last for 60 minutes and will be recorded for our call and webinar archive.