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Secondary Effects of Disasters: A Closer Look At Post-Disaster Physical and Mental Health Impacts
June 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
NDPTC is excited to welcome Jeff Rubin and Monica Gowan for the June 2021 edition of NDPTC’s Virtual 3rd Thursday.
Most disasters produce a consistent pattern of death and injury. Primary causes are directly attributable to the event itself and thus vary by event type, e.g., drowning in tropical storms and floods, direct trauma in earthquakes and tornadoes. Secondary causes vary less by event type as they are driven by common effects of disasters. Primary and particularly secondary causes may be difficult to attribute, typically leading to under-counting. Today, we will look at secondary effects on both the physical and mental health of those impacted by a disaster.
On top of being an NDPTC instructor, Dr. Jeff Rubin has a BS in Geology & Geophysics, MA, and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences. Jeff serves on the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, is a Fellow and elected Councilor for the Geological Society of America, and teaches for the Oregon Tech/OHSU EMS Program. Jeff was the emergency manager for Oregon’s largest fire district from 2001-2019.
Dr. Monica Gowan is a geologist (MS) and health scientist (Ph.D.), and a subject matter expert in natural hazards, climate change impacts, and disaster resilience when not instructing for NDPTC. She enjoys sharing her experience from flood, landslide, wildfire, and earthquake disasters in the US and New Zealand, and has trained hundreds of students and professionals in hazard assessment, preparedness planning, disaster risk reduction, and resilience. Monica has participated in full-scale operational and tabletop earthquake exercises, tsunami evacuation planning focus groups, volcanic mudflow warning and communications experiments, pandemic planning, and complex medical emergency simulations