Climate Change, Severe Weather, and Human Health As theeffects of climate change are observed, it is important tocontinue gathering information in order to determine risks and plan appropriate interventions.
On the Home Page of the CDC http://www.cdc.gov selectNatural Disasters and Severe Weather. There are separate sections for: Earthquakes, Extreme Heat, Floods, Hurricanes, Landslides and Mudslides, Lightning, Tornadoes, Tsunamis,Volcanoes, Wildfires, Winter Weather
Other relevant sites: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) http://www.noaa.gov Also through NOAA there is access to The National Hurricane Center http://www.nhc.noaa.gov and The National Weather Service http://www.weather.gov Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) http://www.fema.gov
1. (a) What is the typical length of the Hurricane Season each year i.e. the start and end dates?
(b) Briefly describe the role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
(c) Why might people not evacuate prior to an extreme weather event? What is the potential impact of social factors on evacuation for a hurricane?
2. Please see CDC Natural Disasters and Severe Weather then read the section on Extreme Heat.
(a) What has happened in Louisiana in the aftermath ofHurricane Ida?
(b) Briefly describe one general approach to protecting people from extreme heat. How can government and other agencies plan for, and provide appropriate services and interventions?
(c) In 2-3 sentences describe one example of a population group which may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat, and the reason(s) for the vulnerability.
(d) How does the mortality due to extreme heat compare with other examples of weather-related hazards?