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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session E 6

Flood Clean Up: Hindsight, Foresight and Preparing for 21st Century Disasters


Description of Session

 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita exacerbated the Gulf region’s already dire housing needs, rendering hundreds of thousands of homes severely damaged or destroyed and exacerbating existing environmental problems. The scale of health problems that are commonplace throughout the U.S. housing stock is multiplied many times over for Gulf region housing because of wind damage and flooding. Mold growth, pest infestations, and injury hazards (including CO poisoning) were among the housing-related health hazards caused by the hurricanes and levee failures. This panel will explore the lessons learned from the Gulf Coast hurricanes to help practitioners from other communities prepare for the environmental and public health issues that are likely to emerge during disasters. The primary focus of the panel will relate to mold; however, other environmental public health concerns will be addressed.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: Jonathan Wilson, MSP

Presenter 1: Laura Kolb

Title of Presentation: Flood Cleanup: Environmental Considerations

Presenter 2: Claudette Reichel, EdD

Title of Presentation: Hurricane Cleanup: Lessons from the Field