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Toxic Soup or Not?  Hurricane Katrina Through the Lens of Environmental Health Preparedness

Original Broadcast Date:  December 15, 2005
(1 hour)

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In the days and weeks after Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters overwhelmed the city of New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast, the pressing question from the local and national public was whether or not New Orleans was safe - safe to return to, safe to work in, safe to live in. As recovery and reconstruction efforts continue, it has become increasingly clear that today's traditional environmental health policies, practices and science alone do not sufficiently allow for the innovation, flexibility and expediency needed to address the multi-faceted environmental health issues related to Hurricane Katrina. Environmental health preparedness in the Post-Katrina era points to a just-in-time and just-in-case modus operandi bolstered by new and recalibrated tools, procedures and policies.

Faculty

Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair
Freeport MacMoRan Chair of Environmental Policy
Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
New Orleans, Louisiana

Amy Vinturella, MS, ScD
Research Assistant Professor
Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
New Orleans, Louisiana

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