Emergency Response and Preparedness
Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER)
NEHA is excited to be a partner in the creation and 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. There is currently both a basic level and train-the-trainer course. An intermediate-level course is currently in development.
The Awareness Level EHTER course includes ten modules that are focused on key environmental health issues and challenges for emergency response, such as food safety, water quality, wastewater disposal, shelter assessment/sanitation, vector control/pest management, responder safety, building assessment, solid waste/hazardous materials, and disaster management.
The EHTER Awareness Level course is applicable to the needs and interests of federal, state, local, and tribal public health and environmental health professionals who may have roles and responsibilities in preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and/or mitigating emergencies or disasters. It is consistent with the doctrine, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes in Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) - 8: National Preparedness, the National Response Framework (NRF), National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), National Incident Management System (NIMS) and other U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidance, recommendations, and resources. It is also consistent with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CDC guidance, recommendations, and resources.
While there are no mandatory prerequisites to attend the EHTER Awareness Level course, it is recommended that students complete the following courses/trainings prior to attendance:
For more information about the EHTER course, please visit:
Read more about the EHTER program and how it has helped prepare environmental health professionals here: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/stories/EHTER.html
Center for Domestic Preparedness
EHTER Training Course Opportunities:
The full 32-hour EHTER course is currently being administered by FEMA, Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). The course is offered in Anniston, AL with all travel expenses covered for course participants that are state and local health departments.
CDP will be hosting in Anniston, AL, the Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) course on the following dates:
There are still seats available, but they are filling fast. So sign up quickly. This training is funded for State and Local personnel, to include roundtrip transportation, lodging and meals. Federal, International or Private Sector personnel should
contact the CDP if interested.
To learn about how to register for this important training, please visit
NEHA Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition:
A "mini" EHTER course
will be available as a pre-conference workshop at the 2013 Annual
Educational Conference & Exhibition July 7-8 in Washington DC. For more information,
please visit the
NEHA 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition website.
New and Improved! Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) Online Training. The online EHTER course available through NEHA's e-Learning site has been
updated with new content and videos. The new course is titled "CDC1202: Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) Awareness Level," and can be found at
NEHA members can earn up to 20 continuing education hours to be applied to their NEHA
credentials by completing the online course.
Register for Free Awareness Level EHTER Course
How to register on the NEHA e-learning website for the free Awareness Level EHTER course:
Register for the online course here:
You will receive and email with a link to the course and your log-in name and password. Click on the first course in the email,
CDC1202: Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response and log on. When you register on the site, you are eligible for a number of no-cost courses and they are all listed in the email. Feel free to visit more if you would like.
Once you are logged on, you are at the main educational page. Scroll down to My Courses, and the 4th one down will be CDC1202: Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response.
Click on the course name and you will be taken to the course page that has 10 modules of the course available to watch via video.
National Environmental Health Promotion Network (NEHPN)
proud to be an advisor to the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) for
the National Environmental Health Promotion Network (NEHPN). Funded by
the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR), this
network is comprised of environmental health, public health
preparedness, and health education professionals. The network is
dedicated to promoting tools and resources and building a bridge of
education between health educators and environmental health and public
health preparedness professionals.
details regarding the focus and activities of the network, contact Bryan
Program Manager for Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness at