White House Webinar: Building Community Preparedness to Extreme Heat

  • 26 May 2016

On May 26, 2016 at 2pm EDT, the National Security Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy held a webinar focused on building community preparedness to extreme heat as part of FEMA’s PrepareAthon Extreme Heat Week. The webinar was planned as part of an interagency collaboration (including NOAA, CDC, FEMA, DOD, OSHA, SAMHSA, ASPR, NIH, EPA and others) to address the Grand Challenge of Disaster Reduction for heat waves as part of the Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction of the National Science and Technology Council.

The webinar provided background information on extreme heat risk, communicate available resources, and included guest speakers who addressed activities to counter the effects of heat. At risk populations such as athletes, the elderly, outdoor workers, and emergency responders were discussed at length, and the webinar highlighted actions that individuals, caregivers, public health officials, and others can take to prepare for extreme heat events and protect the public - including those at greatest risk.

The webinar also served to highlight the interagency information available on the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS).

Confirmed speakers included:

  • Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and OSTP Director
  • Dr. George Luber, Director for Climate Change, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Dr. Doug Casa, CEO, Korey Stringer Institute [view slides]
  • Kathleen Votava, HHS-ACL Chicago Office [view slides]
  • Kelly Schnapp, Director, Office of Science and Technology Assessment, OSHA
  • Dr. Bob England, Director of the Maricopa County (AZ) Department of Public Health [view slides]
  • Dr. Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge New York University

A recording of the webinar is available for viewing.




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