Disaster preparedness and disaster response have come to the forefront of concerns for many climate vulnerable communities. Preparedness can include creating plans for what to do during a disaster and running practice exercises. Response includes personal, community, and government actions taken immediately after a disaster, like carrying out a disaster preparedness plan. Source: FEMA Emergency Management Institute
In 2018, in response to hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Public Lab co-hosted the Crisis Convening alongside the annual Barnraising event which brought people together to share experiences and skills, explore ways to promote equity and justice through modern crisis response, and build resources for community-first response.
In 2019, this event was followed by a second Barnraising hosted in Houston focusing on climate change and disaster response. Through these events, and collaborations on Public Lab, the Public Lab community has built out resources for disaster preparedness, materials to support monitoring after events, and a support network to help people navigate questions around monitoring and environmental health in these difficult times.
Read more about the events in our community science publication here:
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Show You Can be Free in a Colony
For Us, by Us: A Network of Support for Puerto Rico
The Importance of Community-based Responders
|What can you do about oil in your ditch following a natural disaster when traditional resources/normal pathways are not available?||@laurel_mire||over 1 year ago||0||10|
|What Are Some Important Tools/Resources in an Environmental Emergency Response?||@Bronwen||almost 5 years ago||1||4|
|Can NASA VIIRS data used for disaster maps?||@marlokeno||over 5 years ago||1||5|
|Are there maps/tools for finding potential pollution sites for Puerto Rico?||@zengirl2||over 5 years ago||1||1|
|How do I join a volunteer Disaster Response Team for flooding?||@warren||over 5 years ago||1||1|
|Compile screenshots and URLs for aerial images of Harvey damages in a spreadsheet for reporting||-||-||@warren||10m||easy||2 replications: Try it »|
|Home-Made Disaster Kit: Plan Ahead With This Game!||-||-||@Bronwen||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
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