Preparedness

Public Health and Disasters Conference

Public Health and Disasters is an annual, multidisciplinary national conference that brings together professionals from public health, health care, emergency management and other disciplines involved in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from public health emergencies. The conference includes tracks specific to PHEP Coordinators; emergency planners, epidemiologists, environmental health specialists, and healthcare emergency managers.

EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: Wildfires

Exposure to wildland fire smoke is a community health issue that has gained the attention of public health professionals and organizations, especially in states where fires are becoming more frequent and intense. Emissions from wildland fire smoke have significant health implications for those nearby as well as those living farther downwind of the smoke. EPA offers a suite of wildland fire resources that can be used by state environmental and public health agencies to help communicate health risks and ways to reduce exposure with the public before, during and after smoke events.

Man-Made Hazard Preparedness

Man-made disasters are extreme hazardous events that are caused by human beings.  Some examples of man-made disaster emergencies include chemical spills, hazardous material spills, explosions, chemical or biological attacks, nuclear blast, train accidents, plane crashes, or groundwater contamination.  Communities are also vulnerable to threats posed by extremist groups who use violence against both people and property.  Many of these disasters can cause death, injuries, and loss of property.  ​Below are resources to assist environmental health professionals in planning and educating the public on man-made disaster issues.

Resources to Protect Community Health

Radiological Disaster Preparedness

Chemical Disaster Preparedness

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Water Systems Piloting Real-Time Date Analytics

The EPA’s Homeland Security Research Program has developed and pilot deployed real-time analytics hardware and software (RTX:LINK and EPANET-RTX) in both large and small systems (Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Colorado). The RTX:LINK and EPANET-RTX applications to the City of Flint, Michigan will help with daily operations by monitoring system-wide flows, pressures, and water age in real time.

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