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Tools and Guidance Materials

At the request of states, localities, tribes, and territories, EHS provides tools and guidance to address environmental components of outbreaks, emergencies, and other environmental health challenges. This page summarizes some of those tools and guidance.

National Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System (NVEAIS)

NVEAIS is a national effort to systematically collect, analyze, interpret, and disseminate environmental data from foodborne illness outbreak investigations. The system will provide information to help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks associated with restaurants and other food venues.

Model Aquatic Health Code

CDC is collaborating with public health and industry experts to develop the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), a free, evidence-based guide to make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer. It is a tool for state and local health departments to use to develop codes and regulations that reduce risk for waterborne disease outbreaks, chemical poisonings, drownings, and other injuries in pool and other recreational water venues.

When Every Drop Counts: Protecting Public Health During Drought Conditions—A Guide for Public Health Professionals

Much is yet to be learned about how drought affects public health in the United States. EHS developed this document to assist public health officials, practitioners, and other stakeholders in their efforts to understand and to prepare for drought in their communities.

Guidance on Microbial Contamination in Previously Flooded Outdoor Areas

After a flood event, questions arise about health risks associated with using outdoor areas such as ball fields, playgrounds, and residential yards. This document addresses concerns associated with microbial exposure because wastewater treatment plants, residential septic systems, municipal sanitary sewer systems, and agricultural operations can be affected by flood waters and can contaminate flooded areas. Chemical contamination issues associated with flood events are not addressed in this document.

Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Planning guide to help health care facilities develop an Emergency Water Supply Plan to address patient safety, quality of care, and facility operations in the event that the normal water supply is interrupted.

Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox

Collaboration and partnership between various levels of government are critical for providing emergency water supplies. The toolbox is a resource for reviewing the roles and responsibilities among various levels of government and outlines essential planning steps for providing emergency water supplies.

Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors

State, local, and tribal health departments play an extremely important role in all-hazards emergency preparedness and response. The guide is a reference tool that includes useful information on the activation and integration of a jurisdiction’s public health system into the existing emergency response structure. It also contains guidance that is applicable to specific types of incidents, such as floods, earthquakes, and acts of terrorism.

Environmental Public Health Performance Standards (EnvPHPS) Assessment Toolkit

The EnvPHPS are a set of standards that describe the optimal performance and capacity for environmental public health systems and programs. The toolkit provides tools that can help facilitate the process of preparing, conducting, and following up on your assessment.

Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH)

PACE EH is a methodology that guides communities and local health officials in conducting community-based environmental health assessments. PACE EH draws on community collaboration and environmental justice principles to involve the public and other stakeholders in identifying local environmental health issues, setting priorities for action, targeting populations most at risk, and addressing identified issues.

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