Community Recovery Following a Major Chemical Incident
Case Studies Based Virtual Symposium
The Chemical Events Working Group (CEWG) with the Global Health Security Initiative held a virtual symposium on 3 consecutive Thursday’s in January (13, 20 & 27) 2022 that focused on Community Recovery Following a Major Chemical Incident. The symposium recorded registration from over 464 participants from 42 different countries.
The objectives of the symposium were:
1. To identify at risk communities following a major chemical incident, including vulnerable sub-populations.
2. To assess public health tools that can be utilised in the aftermath of an incident.
3. To describe public health interventions that can be employed and deployed to promote community recovery following a major incident.
4. To describe methodologies for optimising community communication and empowerment following a major incident.
5. To outline tools and procedures to reduce impact and thereby increase resilience and facilitate recovery.
The symposium used a case study based format of major chemical incidents as the basis for exploring this phase of the emergency management cycle while placing communities at the heart of the discussions. Each day proposed a specific theme and purpose.