Univ Adv - Communications
October 4, 2012
Who could forget the images of the burnt basements, destroyed vehicles and residents living in evacuation centres?
Such a disaster invites us to ask ourselves if we are ready for catastrophes of this magnitude in our own community and what role should public policy play in mitigating the effects.
This presentation focuses on what we have found out about the human impacts of fires based upon information collected in the Slave Lake area.
In particular, highlights of the effects on families and children and the communities in general will be discussed.
Lessons learned from the event with key messages for other communities will also be discussed in order to stimulate the audience to think about their own preparedness for such disasters evidenced by several large grass fires that recently forced evacuations in Lethbridge and other communities in the area.
Speaker: Judith C. Kulig
Dr. Judith Kulig is a Professor within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Her research program is focused on rural health issues, which has included examining the human costs of wildfires. She is senior co-editor of Health in Rural Canada, the only comprehensive book of its kind in Canada that examines rural health issues in our country.
Moderator: Christina Cuthbertson
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Country Kitchen Catering (Lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr S
Cost: $11.00 (includes lunch)
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