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Shock Waves Across the Pacific: Regional Response to the Japan Disaster

April 26, 2011. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, John L. Erickson, MS, and Jere High, ND, from Washington and Oregon talk about the Japan tsunami, radiation event, and regional response to the disaster.

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Communication

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

On March 11, 2011, Japan experienced an earthquake more powerful than any to strike the nation in recorded history. In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, John L. Erickson, MS, and Jere High, ND, from Washington and Oregon talk about the Japan tsunami, radiation event, and regional response to the disaster. They discuss background information on basic nuclear power plant operations, the release of radioactive material that occurred, its transport across the Pacific Ocean, and local environmental monitoring, as well as public health messaging in response to the radiation event and overall response to the tsunami.

Air date: April 26, 2011

Learning Objectives

  • Describe some of the basic operations of a nuclear power plant
  • Describe the environmental monitoring done in Washington for the event
  • Describe how Oregon responded to the March Japan Earthquake and Radiation event
  • Describe the regional public health coordination that was done during the event

Intended Audience

Local and state public health practitioners; Public Health Nurses; Local and state emergency management staff; Environmental Health Practitioners

Slides

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Communication

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenters

John L. Erickson, MS, is a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Washington State Department of Health and director of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response program. In this role he coordinates the overall agency work on emergency preparedness and response. He also administers the cooperative CDC and ASPR agreements. As such he is involved in all aspects of natural, biological, chemical and radiological emergency planning with Washington State's hospitals, local public health agencies, tribal and other federal, state and local partners.

Jere High, ND, joined the State of Oregon Public Health Emergency Preparedness Branch in July, 2007 as the Healthcare Systems Program Manager, working with the 55+ hospitals in the state as well as other health care system partners on emergency preparedness readiness.

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