September is National Preparedness Month and we are all aware of the growing risks. We are in the peak of hurricane season for the East Coast & Gulf South, a long wildfire season for much of the West, and deadly heat waves all over the country. These extreme weather events, along with the disruption they bring, will be increasingly frequent. This creates new challenges for us both as individuals and as healthcare workers seeking to care for our communities.
In this episode of Let’s Talk Climate, we discuss how public health can respond to these risks from Dr. Diana Hamer, the Director of Climate and Crisis Preparedness at the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI). We learn about new programs, challenges of coordination and planning, and best practices to start preparing, as individuals, as a community, and through institutional and policy action.