On July 6, 2013, a train carrying 72 cars of crude oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Canada, causing 47 deaths, the destruction of 44 buildings, an evacuation of 2,000 people, and a catastrophic oil spill. How do we prepare for and prevent these tragedies?
This event will highlight current issues in public health, resiliency and disaster response planning and address preventive safety measures for high-hazard freight trains.
Refreshments @ 4:45 p.m.
Presentation @ 5:15 p.m.
Please RSVP by April 13, 2018 if you are attending.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking at Wilder Foundation Center is free. Visitor parking spaces are marked in the parking ramp that is adjacent to the building. The Lexington Green Line light rail stop is just across the street on University/Lexington.
Participants are eligible for continuing education certificate.
Dr. Mélissa Généreux
Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec
Mélissa Généreux M.D. M.SC., F.R.C.P.C was the Chief Public Health Officer for Quebec’s Eastern Townships responding to the event. Her ongoing research on the long-term response to the Lac-Megantic tragedy, as well as its broader public health and community mental health implications, informs global response and resilience to disasters.
Dr. Généreux will be speaking in partnership with Citizens Acting for Rail Safety – Twin Cities (CARS-TC) and William Toscano, PhD, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences.