Natural Disasters: Resources for Environmental Health Practitioners

From the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention... This Preparedness and Disaster Response article includes resources for environmental health practitioners on disaster preparedness and response.

Photo collage: flooded houses, tornado approaching house on the plains, satellite hurricane image and destruction from a storm by Faith Landers.

EHS Resources

Emergency and Terrorism Preparedness for Environmental Health Practitioners – general information on flood issues including cleanup as well as food, water and shelter protection

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) – EHTER prepares environmental health workers for emergency response

Guidance on Microbial Contamination in Previously Flooded Outdoor Areas – guidance to help health authorities assess the level of risk posed by microbial contamination after a flood event

Recommended Resources

CDC Resources

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

Hurricanes – information on hurricanes including cyclones, typhoons and other tropical storms

Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors - Version 2.0 – guidance and information that will assist during the response to an emergency or disaster

Staying Safe in a Tornado – CDC feature with tips on how to prepare and shelter in case of a tornado

Tornadoes: Being Prepared – describes how to prepare before, during and after tornado disasters

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

Prepare and Endure! Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
Of course, too, you should Check your Emergency Supplies:
Count your stock... is it enough?
Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
Keep cash on hand
Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
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