Emergency Preparedness and Response
CDC Shelter Assessment Tool – 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 – training curricula for novices or professionals
Drinking Water Advisory Communication 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] – describes 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 – 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 – helps 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 – defines how to assess the public health risks for using outdoor areas after a flood event
Preparing for and Responding to Bombing Events (CDC Health Alert Network - HAN) – 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] – 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
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Links to information from outside CDC
Communicable Disease Control in Emergencies: A Field Manual (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) – business leaders and public health 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) – 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
Public Health Emergency Response: A Guide for Leaders and Responders (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) – guide for public officials and first responders on the public health response to emergencies