Disaster preparedness and disaster response have come to the forefront of concerns for many climate vulnerable communities. Preparedness can include creating plans for what to do during a disaster and running practice exercises. Response includes personal, community, and government actions taken immediately after a disaster, like carrying out a disaster preparedness plan. Source: [FEMA Emergency Management Institute](https://training.fema.gov/) In 2018, in response to hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Public Lab co-hosted the [Crisis Convening](https://publiclab.org/wiki/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](https://publiclab.org/wiki/barnraising-texas-2019) 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](/i/33311)](/i/33311?s=o) ###Read the Articles [Show You Can be Free in a Colony](https://publiclab.org/notes/joyofsoy/08-28-2018/show-you-can-be-free-in-a-colony) [For Us, by Us: A Network of Support for Puerto Rico](https://publiclab.org/notes/joyofsoy/11-09-2018/for-us-by-us-a-network-of-support-for-puerto-rico) [The Importance of Community-based Responders](https://publiclab.org/notes/joyofsoy/11-09-2018/the-importance-of-community-based-responders) ###Questions [questions:Disaster-response] ###Activities [activities:Disaster-response] ###Research notes [notes:Disaster-response] ...

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Ag8n "If you are using Gc/ms, there are two common type detectors, quad detectors and ion trap detectors. I'm partial to quads. But I've had salesman t..." | Read more » 8 months ago
laurel_mire "Thanks to all who have contributed to this question! I didn't know about the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method but found a good overview ..." | Read more » 8 months ago
Ag8n "Of you go to a commercial lab...quite expensive. There is one commercial instrument maker that is very good at donating ( or at least dramatically..." | Read more » 8 months ago
liz "This note doesn't fully capture the information shared by Randall Auston, Chief of the Spill Response Program, Region 2 (NY City), Division of Envi..." | Read more » 8 months ago
jjcreedon "Yes, you are correct that a GC could answer your question.. you could send it to a lab, not sure how expensive that would be. " | Read more » 8 months ago
Ag8n "My purpose is strictly to measure. The cleanup part is not my strong point, so it must be left to someone else. But to go on with the testing. T..." | Read more » 8 months ago
jjcreedon "Do you want to test the oil first and then figure out how to clean it up? what are your objectives? " | Read more » 8 months ago
Ag8n "Others are better trained on how to soak up absorb the oil than me. Yes, I had some training. But only on a lab scale. It wouldn't work for the ..." | Read more » 8 months ago
liz "Do you think you want to try to identify the weight of the oil and maybe find the likely sources in order to try to reduce how much is leaking, or ..." | Read more » 8 months ago
superslot89 "You must have been practicing " | Read more » 8 months ago
Ag8n "Ok. The last time I did this test was quite a few years ago. So there is probably something better, now. The quick test was called "oil and greas..." | Read more » 8 months ago
Bronwen "I absolutely agree with your concerns about putting human health and safety first, I guess I'm thinking more about cases that a lot of us have expe..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
Bronwen "Thanks, these are all great suggestions. When you say working glasses, you mean eye protection, like goggles or what you'd wear if you were working..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
Ag8n "What kind of chemicals are you planning on being able to handle? Please use caution. My best advice in many cases is to get the heck out of there...." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
xose "I was directly involved in the cleaning grassroots teams in Galicia/Spain during the Prestige Oil Spill back in 2002. Around 63.000 tons of fuel sp..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
marlokeno "Thanks! " | Read more » over 4 years ago
marlokeno "OK, I found some promising links- https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA21964 This link includes an example inset of part of San J..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
richardx "NASA's disasters program has conveyed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) a guide of areas in eastern Puerto Rico that Do my Assignme..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
gilbert "The following articles may be useful in deploying VIIRS data for disaster damage impact: Chris Justice (NASA Goddard) et al. link to the full arti..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "I wonder if NOAA will be posting imagery for Hurricane Maria in coming days -- perhaps @jasonwool or @willowbl00 can chime in on this? Thanks! " | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "Wow, this sounds promising. Can you upload a screenshot of what that kind of map data looks like? " | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "Miriam from the Gulf Coast discussion list (not sure of her username here?) shared: I participated as part of the Disaster Response Team last summ..." | Read more » over 4 years ago