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Engagement and Impact through Themed Joint Sessions

We are expecting, with your participation and involvement, these themed joint sessions will serve as a catalyst for focusing the attention of the research and operational communities (and also those who are involved in accelerating the transition of research results into operations) on the exciting possibilities related to advancing predictive capabilities across many fields and applications.
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The Toll of Extreme Weather on Mental Health, Safety, and Healthcare Buildings

We are seeking panel presentations to better understand the social and socio-economic costs due to severe weather events (like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, lightning, extreme temperatures, etc) that are particular to the health care sector, which has profound socio-economic benefits as well as costs (representing ~16% US GDP). During disasters this sector, in particular, becomes a critical arm, yet recent events have rendered significant short- and long-term damages that lessen its response capabilities. From professional shock, excessive injuries, to building damage or collapse, there are a multitude of exposure points that we need to identify in order to help rectify. Our conversations will highlight the discrepancy between preparedness and the probability of extreme or outlier events as covered through several angles: 1) A discussion on critical infrastructure codes, building preparedness, as well as hospital dependencies on energy, utility, and sanitation services; 2) An autopsy of risk perception in the health sector (using Joplin as a test bed); 3) A review of the financial and mental toll resulting from the damage or loss of hospital or healthcare professionals to a community; and, 4) International perspectives and experiences in fortifying healthcare infrastructure.

Host Conference(s)

4th Environment and Health
Contact(s): Wendy Marie Thomas: wthomas@ametsoc.org

Partnering Conference(s)

8th Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research and IMPACTS: Major Weather Events and Impacts of 2012
Contact(s): 8th Policy: Randy Peppler, rpeppler@ou.edu IMPACTS: Tanja Fransen, tanja.fransen@noaa.gov