Track 1: Building and Sustaining Resilient Communities
Like many regions in Northern California in 2018, Alameda County experienced unprecedented health challenges due to wildfire smoke from fires hundreds of miles away, and had 11 straight days of unhealthy air quality, the worst ever recorded in the region. The health department knew that for future events, it had to be better prepared to quickly share protective information with the public and to build key partnerships ahead of time. In this session, presenters will share lessons learned, messages, materials, and strategies used to develop their protocols for wildfire smoke. They will also provide key tools and frameworks that can help any organization facilitate coordination increase resilience to climate threats.