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Module 1: Emergency Preparedness and Response Fundamentals & Putting Principles into Practice
This module, available on-line and on CD, was released June of 2005. It addresses:

  • basic principles of environmental health,
  • communication,
  • recovery efforts, and
  • roles and responsibilities,

for environmental health professionals in emergency response. Three real-world cases are presented which show how environmental health professionals responded to disasters that struck their communities. The course provides training important to front-line staff with years of experience as well as to those new in the field. Available on CD by contacting the APC.

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Module 1 Training Guide: Emergency Preparedness and Response for Environmental Health Professionals
Developed by the University of Minnesota's Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach, this training guide is written specifically for environmental health managers, supervisors and trainers. The guide contains Power Point slides, speaker notes, and group activities, and is intended to be used in conjunction with the "Emergency Preparedness and Response Fundamentals and Putting Principles into Practice" training module.

Download Module 1 Training Guide (PDF: 2MB/58 pages)

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Module 2: Disaster Strikes - Environmental Health Responds: Stories from the Field
The 2nd in a series, this module was released February 2007 and is available on-line and on CD. It draws on information obtained through interviewing twenty-two environmental health professionals across the country to learn how they dealt with actual emergency events in their communities. The material captures their real-world stories and shares their proven tips, techniques, and lessons learned. Also available on CD by contacting the APC.

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Environmental Health Emergency Preparedness Training Handouts - March 16, 2009

Lesson 1: Environmental Health Emergency Preparedness Training

Lesson 2: Communication as a Key Role

Lesson 3: Responding to Emergency Events

Lesson 4: Minimizing Health Implications

Lesson 5: Disaster Strikes - Environmental Health Responds: Stories from the Field

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Solid Waste Management During Disease Outbreak

Solid Waste Issues Related to Avian Influenza H5N1
The development of a science-based, peer-reviewed waste-management decision tree for solid wastes exposed to highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus was completed April 2007.  The role of waste management takes on an increased importance during a disease outbreak.  If garbage is not collected and properly disposed, other public health problems can be unintentionally created. These materials – including a technical guidance document, a PowerPoint presentation, and fact sheets for waste handlers and the general public – will assist public health staff and other health professionals as they develop educational messages.  This project will be expanded to include protocols for the management of solid wastes exposed to plague, anthrax and smallpox.

Decision Tree for H5N1-Contaminated Wastes (PDF: 124KB/2 pages)
(This document could not be made accessible by screen readers.)

H5N1 Waste Management Decision Tree Guidance Document (PDF: 139KB/14 pages)

Solid Waste Issues Related to Avian Influenza H5N1 (PPT: 3.62MB/52 slides)

H5N1 Waste Management Chart (PDF: 69.5KB/1 pages)

H5N1 Frequently Asked Questions (PDF: 103KB/2 pages)

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Environmental Health Emergency Response Guidebook: A supplement to local emergency preparedness and response plans
The purpose of this document is to describe potential responsibilities for local environmental health professionals in the event of a public health emergency. It addresses 15 topics (including food and waterborne outbreak investigation, water safety and supply, food safety, sanitation, and others), and is intended to provide quick access to information needed during a disease outbreak, a natural disaster, a deliberate act of terrorism, or an industrial- or transportation-related accident. It should be used jointly with your agency's existing written emergency plans and procedures.

Download Guidebook (PDF: 751KB/72 pages)

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Environmental Health Emergency Response Plan (Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department)
This plan presents the organizational framework under which Hennepin County Environmental Health Unit staff will respond to public health emergencies. Three distinct situations or response modes are presented to illustrate how this framework and the supporting management structure will be implemented depending on the type and severity of an incident. It is made available here so that other agencies can adapt it to their specific planning needs without having to "recreate the wheel."

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Environmental Health Standard Operating Procedures: An Annex to the Public Health All-Hazards Response and Recovery Plan (Saint Paul - Ramsey County Department of Public Health)
This document provides formal written guidance and instruction for St. Paul - Ramsey County Department of Public Health (SPRCDPH) environmental health staff during incident response. In recognition of the need for intra- and inter-agency communication, interoperability and cooperation during disaster response, this document complements the Department's "All-Hazard Response and Recovery Plan" and provides clarity around the specific roles and responsibilities for environmental health staff. It addresses all emergency events in the community that warrant an environmental health response. It is intended to be used as a template for other agencies in developing their local environmental health response plans.

Download Response and Recovery Plan (PDF: 1.3MB/56 pages)

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Field-Staff Tools for Emergency Response

Environmental Health Resource Compendium for Emergency Response
This Resource Compendium is an electronic collection of information on environmental health issues likely to be faced during emergencies and disasters. It will be accessible from anywhere, if you have a computer—even during times when the Internet may be down—because you are able to carry it with you on a USB flash drive that can be plugged into your computer.

The Resource Compendium is organized around the major functional areas of environmental health (such as food protection, solid and hazardous waste management, emergency shelter, vector control, and others). It highlights information specific to target audiences (including community members, regulated entities, first responders, and health-care providers). Materials selected for inclusion were peer-reviewed by a panel of state and local environmental health practitioners, in response to technical resource needs identified by those with first-hand experience responding to an emergency.

Instructions for downloading the Resource Compendium onto a USB flash drive can be found on our Environmental Health Resource Compendium for Emergency Response Web page.

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Updated Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 02:36PM