Natural disasters are on the rise. With at least one in five homes and many businesses in the U.S. dependent on septic systems and other decentralized wastewater systems, what are the implications regarding their vulnerabilities, and how do affected communities respond? This webinar will cover new resources developed by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), promoting key messages to populations dependent on decentralized systems across the U.S. The webinar will also feature two case studies of large-scale natural disasters and their impacts on populations dependent on these decentralized systems: Puerto Rico’s ongoing recovery efforts after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 and coastal Connecticut’s redevelopment after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The case studies will explore lessons learned from officials in these communities.
The intended audience for this webinar include local, state and federal government officials such as health officials and emergency response coordinators, as well as affected populations more generally.
For additional information on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Decentralized Wastewater MOU Partnership and past recorded webinars, please visit www.epa.gov/septic.