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Disaster preparedness and disaster response have come to the forefront of concerns for many climate vulnerable communities. Preparedness can include creating plans for what to do during a disaster and running practice exercises. Response includes personal, community, and government actions taken immediately after a disaster, like carrying out a disaster preparedness plan. Source: FEMA Emergency Management Institute

In 2018, in response to hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Public Lab co-hosted the Crisis Convening alongside the annual Barnraising event which brought people together to share experiences and skills, explore ways to promote equity and justice through modern crisis response, and build resources for community-first response.

In 2019, this event was followed by a second Barnraising hosted in Houston focusing on climate change and disaster response. Through these events, and collaborations on Public Lab, the Public Lab community has built out resources for disaster preparedness, materials to support monitoring after events, and a support network to help people navigate questions around monitoring and environmental health in these difficult times.

Read more about the events in our community science publication here: 27572.jpg

Read the Articles

Show You Can be Free in a Colony

For Us, by Us: A Network of Support for Puerto Rico

The Importance of Community-based Responders



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Research notes

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Data Divide: Kathmandu Living Labs & OpenStreetMap @julia_e_masters over 2 years ago 1
Did US Civilian Air Patrol fly over your house after that Federally declared disaster? Use a quick interface to find the photo! @eustatic over 2 years ago 0
Did NGS Fly over your US Points of Interest? can help you! NGS Quick Maps @eustatic over 2 years ago 0
What can you do about oil in your ditch following a natural disaster when traditional resources/normal pathways are not available? @laurel_mire almost 3 years ago 10
Post-Ida Nurdle Spill from Plastic Rail Car derailment: lessons from Raceland @eustatic almost 3 years ago 8
For Sale: One Busted Refinery. Phillips66 in Ida imagery @eustatic almost 3 years ago 0
Ida early response @eustatic almost 3 years ago 7
Home-Made Disaster Kit: Plan Ahead With This Game! @Bronwen over 4 years ago 2
Responding to Environmental Disasters-- Building a Kit @Bronwen over 4 years ago 1
Save the Date Feb 22-24! Houston-Galveston Barnraising @liz over 5 years ago 3
The Importance of Community-based Responders @joyofsoy over 5 years ago 1
For Us, by Us: A Network of Support for Puerto Rico @joyofsoy over 5 years ago 2
The value of personal experiences @dbsnp over 5 years ago 2
What Are Some Important Tools/Resources in an Environmental Emergency Response? @Bronwen almost 6 years ago 4
Hurricane Harvey Impact Image Sort @zengirl2 over 6 years ago 1
Hurricane Harvey Industrial Impact Image Sorting @gilbert over 6 years ago 4
Event sorting images from Harvey @stevie over 6 years ago 2
Notes and Reflections from Hurricane Preparedness Discussion/Dinner @stevie almost 7 years ago 1
Can someone make a map to display NOAA Harvey imagery with coordinates and permalink? @warren almost 7 years ago 23
Compile screenshots and URLs for aerial images of Harvey damages in a spreadsheet for reporting @warren almost 7 years ago 4
What are some sources of new aerial imagery of Harvey damages? @warren almost 7 years ago 6
How do I join a volunteer Disaster Response Team for flooding? @warren almost 7 years ago 1
Report-back from second Open Call on Hurricane Harvey response and coordination @warren almost 7 years ago 0