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

Hurricane Sandy: A Complex Environmental Health Communications Challenge

During widespread power and internet outages, disaster responders cannot always assume their sophisticated communications gear--radios, pagers, cellphones and computers--will work. Alternate plans need to be ready for deployment to assure continuity and efficiency of the public health response.

In this presentation, follow the Somerset County experience during Hurricane Sandy to identify gaps and develop solutions to bridge them in your preparedness plans.

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.


Disaster Debris Management: Lessons Learned from 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

The Great East Japan Earthquake was the first disaster ever recorded that included an earthquake, a tsunami, a nuclear power plant accident, a power supply failure, and a large-scale disruption of supply chains. Amid the deep devastation and massive recovery efforts, came the challenge of how to collect, store, sort, recycle, and process disaster debris in an efficient and sustainable manner.

Enhancing Planning and Preparedness: Demonstration E-Learning Tool for PH Mgmt of Chemical Incidents

Chemical incidents involving major chemical facilities and transport of toxic industrial chemicals are surprisingly common and may result in widespread environmental contamination, public exposure, and subsequent acute and chronic health effects.

This session includes an interactive demonstration of the applicability of an e-learning tool to actual events by means of working through a major chemical incident. Discover how employing this resource can help you respond more effectively to chemical incidents, thereby protecting public health.

Disaster Mgmt Challenges from Non-communicable Diseases: Lessons Learned & Questions Going Forward

Due to population aging and an increase in longevity, there has been a disease transition to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are the challenge for the 21st Century. This is a new concept for environmental health and disaster management to explore, as the focus has traditionally been on communicable diseases in the disaster setting.

InFORM 2015

InFORM 2015: PulseNet, OutbreakNet and Environmental Health

November 17-20, 2015 
Hyatt Regency Phoenix Hotel 
Phoenix, AZ

Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch and Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, Association of Public Health Laboratories, United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Food and Drug Administration.