As extreme temperatures continue to become more common and severe weather events increase in frequency and severity, health departments will have to incorporate the effects of climate change into regular public health preparedness planning and response activities. The summer of 2012 alone saw extreme heat records, massive wildfires, severe drought, flooding events, and infectious disease outbreaks, including West Nile Virus. While many of the affected communities regularly plan for such events, the effects of climate change mean that they will need to respond more often, and to more types of events that are more severe. More can be done to prepare local health departments (LHDs) for this eventuality.
This webinar will provide participants with information and strategies to incorporate climate change considerations into their everyday work. Participants will learn why and how to address climate change in their public health preparedness planning efforts, including:
· The effects of climate change on public health preparedness;
· Examples of regional risks created and worsened by climate change;
· Strategies for determining regional and local risks; and
· Strategies for identifying and developing helpful partnerships.
This session is intended for local, state, and federal preparedness planners and responders, LHD directors, and anyone interested in learning more about how to better incorporate climate change into preparedness planning.