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Disaster preparedness and disaster response have come to the forefront of concerns for many climate vulnerable communities. In 2018, in response to hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Public Lab co-hosted the Crisis Convening alongside the annual Barnraising event which brought people together to share experiences and skills, explore ways to promote equity and justice through modern crisis response, and build resources for community-first response.

In 2019, this event was followed by a second Barnraising hosted in Houston focusing on climate change and disaster response. Through these events, and collaborations on Public Lab, the Public Lab community has built out resources for disaster preparedness, materials to support monitoring after events, and a support network to help people navigate questions around monitoring and environmental health in these difficult times.

Read more about the events in our community science publication here: 27572.jpg

Read the Articles

Show You Can be Free in a Colony

For Us, by Us: A Network of Support for Puerto Rico

The Importance of Community-based Responders



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Research notes

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Home-Made Disaster Kit: Plan Ahead With This Game! @Bronwen almost 4 years ago 2
Responding to Environmental Disasters-- Building a Kit @Bronwen almost 4 years ago 1
Save the Date Feb 22-24! Houston-Galveston Barnraising @liz over 4 years ago 3
The Importance of Community-based Responders @joyofsoy almost 5 years ago 1
For Us, by Us: A Network of Support for Puerto Rico @joyofsoy almost 5 years ago 2
The value of personal experiences @dbsnp almost 5 years ago 0
What Are Some Important Tools/Resources in an Environmental Emergency Response? @Bronwen over 5 years ago 4
Hurricane Harvey Impact Image Sort @zengirl2 almost 6 years ago 1
Hurricane Harvey Industrial Impact Image Sorting @gilbert almost 6 years ago 4
Event sorting images from Harvey @stevie almost 6 years ago 2
Notes and Reflections from Hurricane Preparedness Discussion/Dinner @stevie about 6 years ago 1
Can someone make a map to display NOAA Harvey imagery with coordinates and permalink? @warren about 6 years ago 23
Compile screenshots and URLs for aerial images of Harvey damages in a spreadsheet for reporting @warren about 6 years ago 4
What are some sources of new aerial imagery of Harvey damages? @warren about 6 years ago 6
How do I join a volunteer Disaster Response Team for flooding? @warren about 6 years ago 1
Report-back from second Open Call on Hurricane Harvey response and coordination @warren about 6 years ago 0
Report-back from Open Call on Hurricane Harvey response and coordination @warren about 6 years ago 3
Mapping Sewage Flows in the Gowanus Canal after Sandy flood damages - the sequel @eymund almost 11 years ago 2