EMERGENCY RESPONSE RESOURCES
Severe weather is expected in the Southern U.S. during the week of October 13th. Be prepared with resources for workers and volunteers responding to storm and flood clean-up activities.
This page provides information and recommendations for emergency responders about the safety and health hazards associated with responding to natural disasters including tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes, and wild fires.
NIOSH Emergency Response Disaster Site Management
A comprehensive Site Safety Plan is paramount to ensuring responder safety and health in a disaster situation. This link includes general information on Disaster Site Management (work plan essentials, site safety, and team leader checklists) as well as information on potential hazards and recommendations.
Protecting Emergency Responders Safety Management in Disaster and Terrorism Response
NIOSH and RAND produced four reports in a series. The first three reports provide recommendations and the need for research, training and other strategic approaches to help protect emergency responders in terrorist attacks. The fourth report is a technical source for incident commander guidelines for emergency response immediately following large structural collapse events. Each individual report can be accessed using the following links:
- Volume 1 Protecting Emergency Responders: Lessons Learned from Terrorist Attacks
- Volume 2 Protecting Emergency Responders, Volume 2: Community Views of Safety and Health Risks and Personal Protection Needs
- Protecting Emergency Responders, Volume 3: Safety Management in Disaster and Terrorism Response (DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2004-144)
- Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines for Structural Collapse Events, Rand Volume 4
EPA Natural Disasters and Weather Emergencies
This web page from the Environmental Protection Agency contains information on planning and preparing, as well as response and recovery, after hurricanes, flooding, drought, extreme heat, tornados, snow and ice, volcanoes, and wildfires.
More Natural Disaster Hazards
- Air Quality
- Carbon Monoxide
- Cleanup Hazards
- Confined Spaces
- Electrical Hazards
- Hazardous Materials
- Health Care Workers
- Heat Stress
- Identifying and Handling Human Remains
- Motor Vehicles and Machine Safety
- Musculoskeletal Hazards
- Protective Equipment and Clothing
- Tree Removal / Chain Saws
- Traumatic Incident Stress
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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