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Wildfire impacts on education and healthcare: Paradise, California, after the Camp Fire

Sara Hamideh (), Payel Sen and Erica Fischer
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Sara Hamideh: Stony Brook University
Payel Sen: Stony Brook University
Erica Fischer: Oregon State University

Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, 2022, vol. 111, issue 1, No 16, 353-387

Abstract: Abstract The 2018 Camp Fire caused significant damages to the education and healthcare systems in the town of Paradise, CA. This paper presents the findings of a qualitative case study about disaster impacts and disparities, interdependencies, and recovery strategies of schools and hospitals in Paradise. Four major themes of findings emerged from the qualitative analysis of interviews with teachers, counselors, and administrators in Paradise education and healthcare systems and extensive archival research. First, complex and long-standing mental health challenges are the dominant impact on the educational system. Second, educational and healthcare impacts are shaped by social vulnerability. Third, educational and healthcare systems play a critical role for recovery of socially vulnerable groups due to the interconnectedness of community components. Fourth, adapting to new communication norms and technologies is effective for supporting educational and community recovery. Several specific recommendations are provided based on the findings for building back more resilient and equitable education and healthcare services.

Keywords: Wildfire impacts; Education and healthcare; Social vulnerability; Community resilience; Equitable recovery; Interdependencies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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