Safety Information for Health Care Professionals
If you’re a health care professional helping at an emergency site, here’s information that will help you care for survivors.
Medical Care After a Hurricane
- Immunizations After a Disaster
Find recommendations for vaccinations, tetanus prevention, and the impact of power outages on vaccine storage.
- Medical Management and Patient Advisement
Get information for assisting patients, including pregnant women, and guidelines for treating health risks like diarrhea, injuries, and infectious diseases.
- Medical Records
Learn about “Keep It With You” — a temporary personal medical information form for people who don’t have access to their medical records.
- Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs)
Find information from a national network of clinics that offers health professionals free clinical advice about environmental risks for children.
- Dialysis Care
Read about treating people on dialysis when the water supply may be unsafe.
Health Risks After a Hurricane
- Clinical Guidance for Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning After a Disaster
Get information about at risk populations, sources of CO poisoning, and how to recognize and treat it.
- Mold After a Disaster
Find resources about preventing and removing mold and treating mold allergies.
- Health Recommendations for Workers Who Handle Human Remains
Get advice on protecting yourself from disease during contact with human remains.
- Management of Dead Bodies in Disaster Situations
Consult a manual from the Pan American Health Organization for specialists and authorities managing disaster sites.
Helping Survivors Cope with Trauma
- Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event
See resources for the public, teachers, responders, and health professionals.
- Health Professionals: Coping with a Traumatic Event
Find advice on how to help patients cope with a traumatic event.
- Tips for Managing Stress: A Guide for Emergency Response and Public Safety Workers
Get tips for stress management and prevention advice from SAMHSA.
- Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event
Learn what people should expect to feel after a disaster.
- Coping with Traumatic Events
Check out information from SAMHSA about how people react to trauma and when to get help.
Get surveillance forms, community and shelter assessment tools, and other public health assessment (PHA) forms.
- Drug and Medical Device Safety
Find suggestions for medication use, insulin storage, disposal of contaminated devices, and information about using medical devices during and after an emergency.
- Questions About Clinical Investigations Affected by Disasters
Get information from the FDA about what to do if a disaster affects your research.
- Reopening Health Care Facilities
Learn about safety precautions before reopening health care facilities.
You may want to give information to survivors after a hurricane about the risks they might face at home. Visit Evacuee Educational Materials for free resources.
- Page last reviewed: May 1, 2014
- Page last updated: May 1, 2014
- Content source:
- National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH); Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury, and Environmental Health (ONDIEH); National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP); National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)