As the US approaches the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, multiple long-term forecasts have predicted an unusually high number of hurricanes. If a hurricane strikes the US, actions taken in preparation and response will have to take COVID-19 into account. Local, state, and federal governments, as well as NGOs and individuals, must plan now for how to adequately respond to the potential for the impact of a major hurricane while also minimizing risks from COVID-19—especially for vulnerable populations who are most at risk both from COVID-19 and the effects of a landfalling hurricane.
Join Duke Science & Society and our panel of experts in a discussion of the hurricane season forecasts, the potential for further COVID-19 spread through typical hurricane response measures like evacuations or sheltering, and what additional measures must be taken to protect and respond to the needs of affected people.
Dr. Mark Abkowitz, Ph.D.,M.S., B.S., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor of Civil and Environmental EngineeringProfessor of Engineering Management, Director, Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Elizabeth Albright, D.R., Duke University, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Environmental Science and Policy Methods, Chair, Environmental Economics & Policy Program, Nicholas School Of The Environment, Duke University
Lauren M. Sauer, M.S., Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical School; Director of Operations, John Hopkins Office Of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)
Andrew Pericak, M.E.M, Senior Research Analyst, Duke Initiative For Science & Society