Texas Health Assessment for Wildfire Response
Track: Disaster and Emergency Management
Authors: Tracy L. Haywood
Geospatial analyses are being used to conduct a public health assessment of a community devastated by a wildfire. In 2011, a wildfire burned over 34,000 acres of Bastrop County, Texas, destroyed an estimated 1,700 homes, and caused two deaths. Using geospatial analysis and a two-stage cluster sampling method, public health led an initial assessment to investigate the initial public health needs. Results of a follow-up assessment in the spring 2015 will be described.