Legal preparedness expert Gregory Sunshine with 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. More recently, Nebraska experienced historic flooding that overtook commercial areas, farm fields, and residential communities, costing millions in damages. In such complex emergencies, state and territorial executive officials possess a critical set of legal powers to promote an effective and efficient response that can reduce morbidity and mortality. The use of emergency powers in flood- and hurricane-prone areas allow for states and localities to respond to emergencies and mitigate against environmental effects including water-borne diseases, crop loss, and other risks to human, animal, and plant life. 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 January 1, 2006.