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Planning for Risk in New Orleans

November 21st, 2013 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Safety, Salvage Drum

Some say that accidents cannot be avoided, but Dr. Pamela Jenkins, a professor at the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology at the University of New Orleans, would not agree with that statement. At the October 2013 Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) meeting in New Orleans, Dr. Jenkins hosted a presentation and workshop focusing on the academics of understanding “Risk and Place.” Her presentation highlighted the need for communities to plan ahead, from zoning and designing the urban fabric, to the location of dangerous or high risk facilities in relation to population centers. Too often high risk facilities such as power stations, and even railroad tracks, are located adjacent to schools, arenas, and other sites that house a large number of people. Railroad tracks often are the route taken for hundreds of thousands of dangerous goods in transport and therefore, create a dangerous goods “corridor” that has the potential to devastate a community. Dr. Jenkins also talked about responders to incidents and pointed out that the real First Responders to any incident are the survivors who then begin the process of recovery. Unexpectedly, the concept of risk and recovery related directly to Skolnik because in the aftermath of Katrina, our Salvage Drums were used to safely capture rogue hazardous material drums that had floated away from their permanent location. You can check out the work of the Center by clicking here.

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