January 8, 2013

"Impact of Extreme Weather" conference to be Friday, Jan. 11

A conference, "Assessing the Impacts of Extreme Weather Upon Vulnerable Populations in Nashville," will be presented Friday, Jan. 11, from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Care Center at 1035 14th Ave. N.

Presenters at the event will be David Padgett, Ph.D., of Tennessee State University, and Nia Foderingham, M.D., of Meharry Medical College.

Presenters will share geographic information systems (GIS)-based research on Nashville's vulnerable populations and their proximity to hazards associated with extreme weather events.

A modified Social Vulnerability Index (SOVI) score is calculated to measure the relative vulnerability of communities and neighborhoods within the region. Impacts of the May 2010 flood are assessed. Spatial and SOVI analysis results reveal the locations of several Nashville communities that have especially elevated risk levels. Local emergency response and preparedness planners are encouraged to attend.

To RSVP,  contact Christine.c.king@vanderbilt.edu. A light breakfast will be provided.