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Tsunamis: Implications for Public Health Preparedness in the Northwest

February 14, 2005. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Mark Oberle, MD, MPH and Hal Mofjeld, PhD, discuss preparedness for Tsunamis based on the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Mark Oberle, MD, MPH and Hal Mofjeld, PhD, discuss preparedness for Tsunamis based on the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami. Oberle was in Phuket, Thailand, during the tsunami and was part of rescue efforts during the first hours. He describes his experience and lessons learned that are applicable to public health preparedness and response. Mofjeld, a senior scientist with NOAA's Tsunami Research Program, provides an overview of what happened in the Indian Ocean tsunami, as well as the risk of tsunami in the Northwest, appropriate planning activities, early warning systems, and education needs.

Air date: February 14, 2005

Learning Objectives

  • Define the first responder approach to tsunamis
  • Describe the appropriate public health approach to tsunami disasters
  • Recognize the tsunami threat to the Pacific Northwest
  • Describe the tsunami warning system and tsunami preparedness programs

Intended Audience

All public health professionals, especially public health preparedness planners and emergency managers

Slides

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenters

Mark Oberle, MD, MPH has been a member of the University of Washington faculty since 1990 and founded the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Professor Oberle serves in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine as Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Services. Dr. Oberle concluded a 21-year career with the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention before coming to the University of Washington.

Harold Mofjeld, PhD, is a Senior Scientist in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Pacific Marine Environmental Lab/Tsunami Research Program. He is also an Affiliate Professor of Oceanography at the University of Washington. Dr. Mofjeld does research and development in support of NOAA's tsunami warning systems and coastal mapping efforts. He provides tsunami advice to the Washington State Emergency Management Division, as well as county EMDs in Washington. His publications include over 50 papers and reports on tsunamis, sea level and tides.

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