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Emergency Preparedness and Response

CDC Shelter Assessment Tool – The Environmental Health Shelter Assessment Tool assists environmental health practitioners in conducting a rapid assessment of shelter conditions during emergencies and disasters.

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication – Website offers training curricula for novices or professionals.

Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox – Toolbox provides a protocol and practical guide for communicating with stakeholders and the public about water advisories that is based on research and identified practices.

EMAC and Environmental Health in Emergency Response [PDF - 1.5 MB] – Article describes the use of EMAC during emergency response and how environmental health can use EMAC. This is one in a series of monthly Environmental Health Services Branch columns in the Journal of Environmental Health.

Emergency and Terrorism Preparedness for Environmental Health Practitioners – Website serves as a clearinghouse of information resources related to emergency and terrorism preparedness for environmental health practitioners.

Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities – Guide to help health care facilities regardless of size or patient capacity develop Emergency Water Supply Plans as part of their overall emergency operations plans.

Guidance on Microbial Contamination in Previously Flooded Outdoor Areas – Guidance on how to assess the public health risks for using outdoor areas after a flood event.

Preparing for and Responding to Bombing Events – CDC health advisory with resources for local and state public health officials, including fact sheets, guidance and planning documents, and data collection and planning tools.

The Role of Environmental Health Practitioners in a Public Health Emergency [PDF - 143 KB] – Article describes the environmental health practitioners essential roles in emergency response. This is one in a series of monthly Environmental Health Services Branch columns in the Journal of Environmental Health.

Reports by Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute Graduates

We have many emergency preparedness reports that were prepared by graduates of CDC’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. These documents have not been revised or edited to conform to agency standards. The findings and conclusions in these reports are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For these reports and others search the EPHLI fellow projects page.

Links to information from outside CDC

Communicable Disease Control in Emergencies: A Field Manual [PDF - 1.4 MB] (World Health Organization) – Provides information to help health professionals and public health coordinators in emergency situations prevent, detect, and control the major communicable diseases encountered by affected populations.

Emergency Risk Communication for Public Health Professionals (Northwest Center for Public Health Practice) – Online training module about how to plan for an emergency, create effective messages, and interact with the media and community in times of crisis.

Free Online Continuing Education Courses (NEHA-CERT) – Free online CDC environmental health training courses available through the National Environmental Health Association for continuing education credit for environmental health practitioners and students.

For the Public Good (Rollins School of Public Health) – Article on how business leaders and public health agencies are working together to strengthen emergency preparedness.

Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response [PDF - 2.5 MB] (Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response) – Comprehensive information for individuals and organizations involved in foodborne disease.

Management of Dead Bodies After Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders (Pan American Health Organization) – Simple recommendations for nonspecialists to manage the recovery, basic identification, storage and disposal of dead bodies after disasters and suggestions about providing support to family members and communicating with the public and the media.

Management of Dead Bodies in Disaster Situations (Pan American Health Organization) – Guide provides the technical information needed to support state authorities in the proper management of dead bodies.

Public Health Emergency: Public Health and Medical Emergency Support for a Nation Prepared (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) – Cross-governmental portal to obtain information from all U.S. federal agencies and their state and local partners involved in a public health emergency, medical disaster, or public health aspects of a natural or manmade disaster.


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