Methyl Iodide Fumigation of Bacillus anthracis Spores

Fumigation techniques such as chlorine dioxide, vaporous hydrogen peroxide, and paraformaldehyde previously used to decontaminate items, rooms, and buildings following contamination with Bacillus anthracis spores are often incompatible with materials (e.g., porous surfaces, organics, and metals), causing damage or residue. Alternative fumigation with methyl bromide is subject to U.S. and international restrictions due to its ozone-depleting properties.

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


USPHS Community Health and Service Missions: Operation Fortitude - The Lakota Sioux Experience

This presentation shares the Lakota Sioux experience through the view of a USPHS Team Commander who participated in a Community Health and Service Mission, designed to meet the field-based training needs of emergency response teams. During the session, there will also be a discussion of the partnership between the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), the Lakota Sioux Tribe, and a non-government organization (Remote Area Medical). Many photos and cultural experiences will be shared to illustrate the mission.

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