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Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR): Water-Related Activities

CDC’s  Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) executes the agency's preparedness and response activities by providing strategic direction, support, and coordination for activities across CDC as well as with local, state, tribal, national, territorial, and international public health partners.

OPHPR ’s mission is to safeguard health and save lives by providing a flexible and robust platform for public health emergency response. In the 2008 fiscal year, OPHPR funded 19 water-related projects across CDC.

Division of Emergency Operations (DEO)

  • Coordinating CDC’s preparedness, assessment, response, recovery, and evaluation prior to and during public health emergencies (many of which could be water-related).

Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR)

  • Administering the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement, which supports preparedness nationwide in state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments.
    • As of 2007, the cooperative agreement has provided more than $5 billion to these public health departments to upgrade their ability to effectively respond to the public health consequences of all hazards (including water-related hazards), such as infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events.
    • The cooperative agreement currently funds 62 grantees including all 50 states, eight U.S. territories and freely associated states, and four localities.

Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT)

  • Regulating the possession, use, and transfer of biological agents and toxins (select agents) that could pose a severe threat to public health and safety. This regulatory program ensures compliance with safety and security standards for select agents by providing guidance for implementing these standards and evaluating and inspecting entities.
  • Checking with regulated facilities before and after major disasters, including water-related incidents such as floods and hurricanes, to ensure that their select agents are protected from accidental release.

Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS)

  • Coordinating CDC’s preparedness, assessment, response, recovery, and evaluation prior to and during public health emergencies (many of which could be water-related).
  • Stockpiling and moving federal medical stations (modules of 250 beds) hospital-like/shelter in emergency response for disaster relief (including disasters that may directly affect water quality for drinking and other important uses)
 
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