How Communities Can Build Psychological Resilience to Disaster. As climate change makes disasters more severe, researchers say we can prepare by being informed, volunteering, and staying socially connected.
From Govtech: California Wildfires, Power Outages Are Disrupting Health Care
Across California, wildfires and outages have forced health-care providers to close hospitals and medical clinics, or greatly limit services. Both Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health evacuated their Santa Rosa hospitals.
Another concern is that of people with health and disabilities. See: Disabled seniors in Ca. complex left behind during outage. Thanks to Chris Jones for this citation.
From InsideClimateNews: Health Groups Declare Climate Change as a Public Health Emergency
Hurricane Harvey’s greatest lingering toll was on Houstonians’ mental health, according to initial findings from a first-of-its-kind registry that surveyed people about the 2017 storm’s impact on their lives.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents to the registry, modeled on the one created in the aftermath of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, reported intrusive or unintended thoughts about the hurricane and its resulting flooding. That was a higher rate than physical symptoms reported by respondents.
From The Guardian: ‘It can’t get much hotter … can it?’ How heat became a national US problem. Heat now kills more Americans than floods, hurricanes or other natural disasters – but cities are facing it almost entirely alone
Heat already kills more Americans than floods, hurricanes or other ecological disasters. That puts sweltering cities like Phoenix – where flights were cancelled last year because it was simply too hot – under growing pressure. But heat is rapidly becoming a national problem.
Recent research suggests warming conditions are leading to suicides, as rising nighttime temperatures deprive Americans of sleep and respite from scorching days. A new study, released last week, predicts that a warming climate will drive thousands to emergency rooms for heat illness. The very hottest days experienced in the US could be a further 15F warmer this century if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t curbed.
See this article from the HSDL: Preparing for Public Health Threats.
Report on a study from TX A&M, as reported in HSWire: The Hidden Traumas of Disaster
Guest posting from Jim Blair on the Opioid Crisis.
Some months ago the president declared opioids a crisis, but the action ended there.
The slow recovery from H. Sandy added to mental health crisis in Rockaway area of Queens. This should be a warning to those responsible for recovery in TX, FL, and PR.
From the Harvard Medical School: Puerto Rico after Maria. Harvard doctor on providing critical health care in Puerto Rico.
Thanks to Peg Blechman for providing the citation.