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CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response – how to prepare, and plan for shelters and safety after disasters:

Emergency and Terrorism Preparedness for Environmental Health Practitioners (ETP) – information on Shelters for evacuation and emergency response.

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response – introductory-level training addresses a range of environmental health topics commonly faced in response to emergency events, to include shelters (12 continuing education credits available)

Internet-Based Morbidity and Mortality Surveillance Among Hurricane Katrina Evacuees in Georgia – use and analysis of data from Internet-based surveillance forms for evacuation shelters and an Internet-based death registry in Georgia's public health response to Hurricane Katrina

Public Health Surveillance During a Disaster – information to assess the human health impacts of a disaster and evaluate potential problems such as disease outbreaks

Widespread Outbreak of Norovirus Gastroenteritis Among Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina Residing in a Large “Megashelter” in Houston, Texas: Lessons Learned for Prevention [PDF - 515 KB] – investigation underscoring the difficulties in managing such outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis in crowded settings and the need for rapid, sensitive laboratory assays to detect norovirus

MMWR - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports

Hurricane Katrina Response and Guidance for Health-Care Providers, Relief Workers, and Shelter Operators. MMWR – guidelines for Hurricane Katrina response

Norovirus Outbreak Among Evacuees from Hurricane Katrina—Houston, Texas, September 2005. MMWR – preliminary epidemiologic data from norovirus outbreak investigation

Surveillance in Hurricane Evacuation Centers – Louisiana, September–October 2005. MMWR – development and implementation of a surveillance system in evacuation centers, types of data collected and how they were used, and limitations of the data

Tuberculosis Transmission in a Homeless Shelter Population—New York, 2000–2003. MMWR – investigation of tuberculosis transmission among residents of a homeless shelter for men

Links to information from outside CDC

Emergency Response for People Who Have Access and Functional Needs: A Guide For First Responders (Center for Public Safety Innovation) – guidance for emergency responders in assisting people who have access and functional needs during an emergency situation

Shelter Health: Essentials for Care of People Living in Shelter (National Health Care for the Homeless Council) – guides to help shelter providers and public health respond more effectively to the health needs of residents

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