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Lessons from the Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, Texas

November 19, 2013. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Bruce Clements, 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.

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Bruce Clements, MPH, will describe one rural community's response to a major industrial disaster.

Air date: November 19, 2013

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the public health and health care implications of a major industrial explosion.
  • Summarize how public health emergency preparedness and hospital preparedness program capabilities were successfully operationalized during the response.
  • Identify essential public health and health care systems lessons learned from this response.

Intended Audience

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

Slides and Resources

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

NWCPHP trainings are accessed through PH LearnLink. See help.

Presenter

Bruce Clements, MPH, is the Public Health Preparedness Director at the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Discussion Questions

These questions are designed to further your thinking on the topic covered in this webinar. You may print and discuss them with colleagues and other members of your organization before or after watching this webinar.

  1. How common are industrial fertilizer operations like this in your jurisdiction?
  2. How closely are these types of facilities located to schools, long term care facilities and other vulnerable populations?
  3. Are you prepared for the challenges of mass fatality management, including establishing a family assistance center?

Competencies

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