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.
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.
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: PulseNet, OutbreakNet and Environmental Health
November 17-20, 2015
Hyatt Regency Phoenix Hotel
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.
Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies:
Disaster risk reduction continues to be linked to climate change resiliency. This paper looks at the international call for the development of formal accreditations around capacity development in these areas, as proposed by the 2015 United Nations landmark agreements.
FEMA Launches New Preparedness Feature to Smartphone App
FEMA creates preparedness app for an on-the-go society.
Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER)
NEHA is excited to be a partner in administration of the EHTER Course. This course, developed by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Environmental Health Services Branch (EHSB), is designed to provide emergency response training for environmental health professionals.
EHTER Training Course Opportunities
Awareness Level: The full 32-hour EHTER Course is currently being administered by FEMA, Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). The in-person course is currently being transitioned into an online training program set to be released in late 2015. View recording of in-person course.
Operations Level: The Operations Level Course is currently open for registration.
While there are no mandatory prerequisites for the EHTER Awareness Level course, it is recommended that students complete the following courses/trainings prior to attendance:
Read more information about the EHTER course.
Read more about the EHTER program and how it has helped prepare environmental health professionals.
Occupational Health and Safety
No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people. - Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
The National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) has a variety of resources to assist environmental health professionals to ensure worker safety, including ebola, emergency response, and chemical safety, among others.