Extreme Weather Events: What Criminal Justice Professionals Need to Know

Immediate response to natural disasters relies on our criminal justice professionals to be part of the emergency response team. As shown with more intense hurricanes impacting coastal areas, ice storms in Texas, fires in California, heatwaves in the Northeast and Midwest with many of these communities further stressed from other threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of attention has been focused on issues pertaining to infrastructure and economic sustainability with less attention on the criminal justice system. This webinar is a conversation to discuss impending threats and the challenges climate-related disasters pose for law enforcement, prison systems, defense agencies, government offices, and communities. Compounding threats in our natural environment may lead to new expectations for emergency responders, new situations, a rise in crimes or actions committed under duress, and pose new expectations to community groups, homeowners, landlords, first responders, and emergency response agencies. Existing decision-making tools allow law enforcement agencies to identify strategies for planning and policy development. Exploring lessons learned and potential recommendations to address these challenges and identifying how natural hazards and public health threats are relevant to practice.

Speaker and Presenter Information

Elizabeth A. Dunn, MPH, CPH is an Instructor at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health where she has taught courses in global disaster management, humanitarian relief, and homeland security since joining the college in 2012. She serves as a Co-Lead for the FEMA Higher Education Special Interest Group for Service-Learning and Leadership, Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Urban Area Working Group Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Sub-Committee Chair, and the Public Health Track Lead for the Annual National Homeland Security Conference.


Rebecca Morgenstern Brenner, MPA is a Lecturer at the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy, Cornell University. She teaches several courses on disaster policy, environmental policy, environmental justice, project management, environmental rules and regulations, design thinking, and consulting. Rebecca’s recent research projects include projects on just adaptation to flooding, equity in managed retreat, bridging policy with science, climate change education, and building disaster resilience with vulnerable communities. At Cornell, Rebecca holds additional roles as an Atkinson Sustainable Future Faculty Fellow, an Engaged Cornell Faculty Fellow, and a Maurio Einaudi Faculty Associate. In addition to her teaching and research, Rebecca has extensive experience as an environmental consultant in New York and California, working with community organizations, government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. For FEMA, Rebecca serves as co-lead for the FEMA Higher Education Service-Learning and Leadership Special Interest Group. More about Rebecca here


Dr. John T. Schultz, a sworn-member of the Florida Highway Patrol, serves as a Master Corporal assigned to the Florida Highway Patrol’s Traffic Homicide Advanced Investigation & Reconstruction Team. Dr. Schultz has been a Trooper for nearly 28 years and has served in many leadership roles during his career as a Florida State Trooper including Aide de Camp to Florida’s Lieutenant Governor, United States Secret Service Task Force member, Quick Reactionary Force member, fraud investigator, mutual aid liaison, traffic incident management instructor, certified high liability instructor, and as a current advisory Board Member to the Southwest Florida chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In his current role, Dr. Schultz and his fellow investigators apply sound investigative practice to include the use of scientific advancements in policing to ensure proper dispositions of investigations for both victims and their families, and to assure individual accountability within the criminal justice system.

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Dept of Justice, Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, FEMA, State & Local Government

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Wed, Jun 8, 2022, 1:00pm - 2:15pm ET

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