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Emergency and Terrorism Preparedness for Environmental Health Practitioners – contains general information on flood issues including cleanup as well as biologic and infectious waste

Emergency Preparedness and Response Natural Disasters & Severe Weather website – information on floods, hurricanes, and other disasters

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) – ten modules that focus on key environmental health issues and challenges for emergency response, such as food safety, water quality, wastewater disposal, shelter assessment/sanitation, vector control/pest management, solid waste/hazardous materials, and environmental health response, and disaster management

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

Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC) – comprehensive online/on-demand package of courses for environmental public health practitioners including a module on wastewater

Storm, Flood, And Hurricane Response – guide with recommendations for the cleaning and remediation of flood-contaminated HVAC Systems

Water-Related Emergencies and Outbreaks – includes information on cleaning and sanitizing, flood water exposure, and buildings and facilities damaged by flood water

Links to information from outside CDC

CDC Looks at Links Between Wastewater and Disease [PDF - 592 KB] (Small Flows Quarterly) – article announcing the formation of the Environmental Health Services Branch

Creating A Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Clean-up of Flooded Homes [PDF - 2.7 MB] (National Center for Healthy Housing) – guidance on cleaning up after a flood

Flooding and Communicable Diseases Fact Sheet (World Health Organization) – information about risk assessment and preventive measures

Groundwater Protection Council (Groundwater Protection Council) – national association of state groundwater agencies

Septic Systems – What to Do after the Flood (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) – information about treating your septic system after a flood

Slug Discharge Control and Spill Containment Policy (Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County) – industrial waste policy developed to provide guidance to industrial users to prevent the accidental or inappropriate discharge of restricted materials to the sanitary sewer system

The Stormwater Manager’s Resource Center (SMRC) (Center for Watershed Protection) – technical assistance on stormwater management issues

Wastewater Management (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) – links to information about wastewater management

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