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Next Hot Topics Webinar: Lessons from the Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, Texas

In the November Hot Topics, the Public Health Preparedness Director at the Texas Department of State Health Services, shares the incredible story of community resilience and heroism during the immediate response to a chemical explosion.
Next Hot Topics Webinar: Lessons from the Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, Texas

A damaged home near the fertilizer explosion site. PHOTO: Norman Lenburg/FEMA

In the November Hot Topics, Bruce Clements, MPH, Public Health Preparedness Director at the Texas Department of State Health Services, shares the incredible story of community resilience and heroism during the immediate response to a chemical explosion.

November 7, 2013

On April 17, 2013, a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, sparked a massive ammonium nitrate explosion. The blast registered as a 2.1 magnitude earthquake and destroyed over 100 homes, a nursing home, and an apartment complex. Over 300 residents were injured and 15 lives were lost, including 12 first responders.

In the November Hot Topics, Bruce Clements, MPH, Public Health Preparedness Director at the Texas Department of State Health Services, will share the incredible story of community resilience and heroism during the immediate response. Clements will describe key elements of the response including: mutual aid, medical surge, mass fatality management, working with the media, and responder health and safety. He will also explain how public health and health care workers at the local, state, and regional levels successfully operationalized the public health emergency preparedness and hospital preparedness program capabilities.

Register today to learn important preparedness lessons from a major industrial explosion.

Lessons from the Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, Texas

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, noon to 1:00 p.m. (PT)

Intended Audiences:

  • Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners
  • Emergency management staff
  • Public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) and hospital preparedness program (HPP) contractors and stakeholders

Presenters:

Bruce Clements, MPH, is the Public Health Preparedness Director at the Texas Department of State Health Services. His military experience includes assignments as a nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare defense instructor and as a public health officer in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard. He has held preparedness-related positions in the private sector and served as faculty for five years at the Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity. He holds undergraduate degrees in disaster preparedness, bioenvironmental engineering, and business administration, and a Master of Public Health.

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