Topic: emergency preparedness

Teaching survival skills in disaster-prone areas

Harvard School of Public Health Professor Jennifer Leaning joined a team from Chinese University’s center for disaster and medical humanitarian response to deliver rescue and relief bags to Chinese families living in rural areas vulnerable to natural disasters. The inexpensive bags include…

Predicting where disease will strike

Student Eleanor Murray wants to know: What if we could warn people about impending disease outbreaks, just like we can now predict the weather? January 24, 2013 (5:48) Please click the play icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively,…

The Triangle Factory fire and workplace safety regulations

On the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City, Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics David Christiani talks about how the tragedy mobilized government officials and the public to strengthen workplace safety regulations. He also talks about Alice Hamilton,…

Off the cuff: The best possible response

[ Winter 2014 ] Paul Biddinger, director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program, Harvard School of Public Health The world seems increasingly under the siege of public health emergencies: deadly new infections, catastrophic weather events, terrorism, industrial accidents. Do successful public health responses in…

Marcus leads disaster-readiness summit

A group of 100 Milwaukee business and governmental leaders recently role-played a terrorist attack scenario at The Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness, run in partnership with HSPH and Harvard Kennedy School's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Co-Director Leonard Marcus is quoted in a Milwaukee…