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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

These reports 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 more reports search the EPHLI fellow projects page.

Assessing and Promoting Environmental Health Emergency Preparedness in Minnesota [DOC - 587 KB]

Cincinnati Public School District Multihazards Management: Creating an Emergency Management Plan [DOC - 442 KB]

Defining the Emergency Response Roles of Environmental Health Specialists in Northwest Ohio [DOC - 749 KB]

Environmental Public Health and Emergency Response [DOC - 494 KB]

Development of Minimum Standards for Emergency Shelter Operation in Sharp County, Arkansas [PDF - 363 KB]

Improving Emergency Preparedness – Developing an Environmental Emergency Response Plan [DOC - 2.91 MB]

Increasing Citizen Emergency Preparedness: A Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Jurisdictional Approach [DOC - 749 KB]

Mutual Aid Agreement for Water and Sewer Utilities [DOC - 420 KB]

Operation PPE – Developing a Safety First Culture for Iowa Environmental Public Health [DOC - 392 KB]

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness for Local Utilities [DOC - 399 KB]

Using Environmental Health Professionals (EHPs) in Community and Emergency Response Planning [DOC - 349 KB]

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

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