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

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