Climate change is impacting emergency responders

On Tuesday morning when the death toll from the Sonoma and Napa counties was just 11 people (it’s now 35 dead) and only 1,400 structures had been destroyed I wrote a and article.

“In the last two months, historic levels of rainfall, flooding and wildfire in the continental U.S. and its territories have killed civilians and emergency responders, displaced tens of thousands from their homes, damaged or destroyed public safety infrastructure, required response resources from throughout the country and strained department budgets. Risk identification processes and mitigation actions need to include those acutely related to global climate change.”

Read the full article: Rapid response: Is it time to consider climate change and its effect on responders?

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.