In the Media: February 2023

Rachel Dowty-Beech

NBC News: How the East Palestine train derailment fueled fear on TikTok

Rachel Dowty-Beech, senior lecturer of fire science and emergency management and the M.S. in Emergency Management program coordinator, says part of the communication issues between the people living near the effects of a disaster caused by the derailment of a train carrying carried toxic chemicals and government officials lies in the differences in safety “definitions formed by chemists and experts, and the definitions of the people seeing the effects.”