Disaster Response: Climate, Health, and Energy

- Session Description (click to collapse)

From managing pandemics to responding to terrorism, current public health disaster preparedness and response systems are intensively petroleum-reliant. This dependency poses a significant threat to the sustainability of present models for disaster response against an anticipated backdrop of petroleum scarcity. Accordingly, this session will explore the implications of this petroleum dependency on future disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery activities. Content will include specific examples of public health approaches used to respond to disasters today, identifying those aspects of response that would be particularly vulnerable in a petroleum-constrained environment. The implications of these vulnerabilities amidst an ever-broadening spectrum of public health threats, including those related to climate change, will be discussed. This will include examination of both physical and psychosocial vulnerabilities. Insights into human, physical infrastructure, and socio-cultural dimensions of disaster response challenges will be explored as the basis for identifying short- and longer-term innovations in disaster readiness systems.

- Moderator (click to collapse)

Dan Barnett

Dan Barnett is an Assistant Professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences. His research interests include best practice models to enhance all-hazards public health emergency readiness and response. Specific areas of focus include design and evaluation of preparedness curricula for public health workers, mental health aspects of public health emergency response, public health readiness exercises, and organizational culture change issues facing health departments in building a ready public health workforce. Dr. Barnett received a National Association of Counties Achievement Award in 2007.


Graduate of the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency Program, 2002
M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2001
M.D., Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, 1999
B.A., English, Yale University, 1993


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