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Regional Health Resilience Webinar Series: HEALTH EFFECTS OF WILDFIRE TOXIC AIR EMISSIONS—Implications for Preparedness, Response, and Recovery




You are invited to participate in a four-part Webinar Series to examine risks and short and long-term
health effects from emissions of toxic chemicals from wildfires, burning buildings, and industrial
facilities. These chemicals are exposure hazards to first responders, healthcare first receivers, personnel
involved in restoration and clean-up activities, and the community at large. These 90-minute webinars
will each feature a panel of practitioners and experts, followed by interactive discussions.


Webinar 1,
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. will examine risks of short and longer-term health
effects from exposures to toxic chemicals in smoke and ash from wildfires, in both the initial fire
response and post-fire recovery/cleanup.

Webinar 2, Mid-Sept. (date/time TBP) will highlight wildfire case studies where chemical exposures have
impacted response, including medical surge and evacuations, and recovery.

Webinar 3,
Mid-Oct. (date/time TBP) will focus on actions to improve personal protection, information-sharing,
decision-making, and public education on chemical hazards, based upon gaps identified
in Webinars 1 and 2.

Webinar 4, Early Nov. (date/time TBP) will draw from the Webinar 1-3 discussions, as well as lessons
learned from the 2018 wildfire season, to develop a prioritized Improvement Strategy for
addressing chemical emissions from future wildfires.

Who Should Participate: Representatives of public, private, and non-profit organizations with roles in
protection, preparedness, response, and recovery related to wildfires.

You will receive a calendar invitation to each webinar with the webinar access information.
Background materials will be provided to registrants prior to each webinar date.

Regional Health Resilience Series Co-Organizers: California Department of Public Health Environmental
Health Laboratory Emergency Preparedness Unit (CDPH-EHL-EPU) (Sponsor) in collaboration with
public/private sector partners and the Bay Area Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (BACRDR) (Facilitator).

To register and for information, please contact Paula Scalingi, pscalingi@bayareacrdr.org or 925-683-3101.


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