TODAY: OpenHour, 1pm ET: community science disaster response toolkit

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Liz Barry

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Feb 4, 2019, 10:15:09 AM2/4/19
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Dear everyone,

Public Lab's next OpenHour will be today: Monday, February 4th at 1pm ET
Topic: Community Science Disaster Response Toolkit

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By phone +1 646 876 9923, then Meeting ID: 241 891 398 Description: **Whether you can make it to Galveston or not...if you care about these topics, this OpenHour is for You!**
As we prepare to gather on Feb 22-24 in Galveston to work on community-led preparation for environmental disasters, let's take this opportunity to gather our thoughts on: what to do in advance of a situation, how to respond as an event unfolds, and how to advocate for cleanup, recovery and remediation in the weeks, months and years after.

Here are some question prompts: - What are best practices in terms of health and safety in flood and storm events (particularly relating exposure to waterborne contaminants during and after)? - What kind of real-time data is meaningful to collect? What can wait? - What are the most important data collection tools to have on hand (cameras, sensors, chemical tests, etc). - In terms of remediation/recovery, how do you identify areas for further attention/research? - If you plan to pursue legal / regulatory enforcement with your findings, are there specific guidelines to be aware of when it comes to documentation, chain of custody, data storage, etc? Background: Over summer '18, we put together these principles (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XC8c_RTFb_A-DapN7TIkJCg8XSgI9G3iUYh3dIYx5tA/edit#) for community-led crisis response. Now we're moving towards identifying tools and methods that can be used to gather data about environmental impact: what can your community prepare for? Are there things you should have in your disaster kit now? What kinds of events can we anticipate? For those with previous experiences, what would you make sure do (or do differently) in the future? Join this OpenHour to help shape our combined approaches!
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Liz Barry
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