Rough Waters: Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Hurricanes and Floods

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center Homeland Security and Public Safety division held a webinar on common legal challenges posed by public health emergencies on Sept. 26, 2019. The webinar was the first of a four-part series hosted in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Bar Association. The webinar featured subject-matter experts and spotlighted states and localities’ responses to public health emergencies.


Rough Waters: Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Hurricanes and Floods
Legal preparedness expert Gregory Sunshine of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will moderate the first webinar focusing on the impacts of flooding and hurricanes on communities and the use of emergency powers by states to respond to these emergencies. As the responses to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Florence have demonstrated, responding to a hurricane-related emergency requires coordinated action from all government responders. This webinar will feature perspectives on disaster impact and resilience, legal preparedness and response to flooding in the Midwest, and discuss the results of a legal epidemiology analysis of state executive orders and proclamations issued in response to hurricanes throughout the United States since Jan. 1, 2006.

Presentation Slides


Greg Sunshine, JD
Public Health Analyst
Public Health Law Program
Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Darrell Klein, JD
Deputy Director for Public Health
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Max Gakh, JD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Las Vegas School of Public Health
University of Nevada

Lt. Emily Ussery, PhD
US Public Health Service
Physical Activity and Health Branch National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention