Response and Recovery Activities for Environmental Health (RRA)

Disaster photos of a flooded neighborhood, a tornado, and power lines down.

Environmental health professionals: Find response activities by environmental health mission to help you fulfill your important roles in all-hazards emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

After extreme events, it may be challenging to carry out the traditional functions of environmental health, such as safeguarding drinking water supplies, controlling disease-causing vectors, conducting food safety inspections, and ensuring safe and healthy building environments. You must be able to anticipate, recognize, and respond to many issues.

Featured Resources

Visit CDC’s Natural Disasters and Severe Weather page for information about health and safety concerns, disaster-specific resources, and more.

Visit the Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) page to learn about our 10 training modules that focus on key environmental health issues and challenges for emergency response.

Learn more about our efforts to build capacity to use data to address environmental hazards and improve services.

Read about tools and resources to use during emergencies, including rapid assessment forms and guidance.