Emergency Preparedness

Volunteer Engagement within the Emergency Management Cycle for Environmental Health Professionals

Environmental Health practitioners are sometimes required to serve as a manager or coordinator of volunteers, such as those of the Medical Reserve Corps. This session will share how these specialized volunteers can support EH programs will offer a basic framework for volunteer program management within the Emergency Management Cycle. It will provide an approach for attendees to identify and formalize volunteer roles and offer resources that can support volunteer management efforts.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC


The Environmental Health Impact and Response to the Elk River Chemical Spill

On January 9, 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of industrial chemical 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) spilled into the Elk River in Kanawha County, West Virginia, contaminating the water and subsequently resulting in the shutdown of the municipal water system. While it resulted in an extraordinary inter-disciplinary public health response, the West Virginia water crisis received national and global attention. Come discuss the concerns this incident raised about national water security and the effectiveness of public health infrastructure to handle large emergencies.

Health, Safety, and Security During an Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola virus disease presents a frank and obvious health risk to international aid workers in West Africa. More mundane health and safety threats such as malaria, typhoid fever, or vehicle accidents remain despite the disease outbreak. See how environmental health professionals, who are uniquely equipped to address occupational, environmental, health and safety risks, and risk communication, can respond to international health emergencies. This presentation will illustrate the EH role in response to the West African Ebola outbreak.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Fire, Security, and Emergency Management Challenges for NASA's Space Program

Millions of pounds in thrust, a gigantic fire ball, tremendous roaring explosion, zero to 17,000 mph; all this in seconds/minutes. When this all comes together, how do you begin to protect the workers, the viewing public and the environment? Kennedy Space Center stands ready with a full contingent of Emergency Responders, including Fire and Emergency Medical, Security and Law Enforcement, and an Emergency Operations Center that completes the entire Emergency Management Program.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER): Building Capacity Through Blended Learning

Environmental Health professionals may be called upon to perform essential tasks under emergency response or recovery conditions. EHTER's blended training approach enables learners to achieve basic awareness of emergency response protocols, and to practice and demonstrate ability to perform skills in a live team-based operational environment. Attendees will be able to describe how to design and develop blending that prepares staff to perform in operational environments.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Each One Prepares: A Quintessential Switch from Complete Reliance on Public Preparedness

A concerning emerging trend in people's choice for public health/community preparedness indicates all preparedness functions should be done by elected officials/corresponding departments, with little or no roles for members of affected communities. Those officials' abilities are limited so there is a clear need for action to re-educate communities on what individuals can do to lessen impacts of natural/other disasters themselves. The presenter proposes actions we can take now on a broad-based-scale to accelerate community and individual preparedness.