Air Quality

PEPH Webinar: Wildfires and Health

PEPH Colleagues,

With the recent wildfires in California and elsewhere, we are reminded of their destructive power and their adverse effects on human health and safety.

Researchers and public health professionals have a pivotal role to play in studying wildfires and mitigating their impacts. Sign up today for our webinar on this important topic.

Wildfires and Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness and Wildfire Resources

These resources are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, and California Department of Public Health. All resources were created to assist environmental health professionals with emergency preparedness after a wildfire or mass fire.

​Resources for Local Health Departments


Resources for the Public

Resources From NEHA's Journal of Environmental Health


Southern California Joint Technical Symposium

Less than 2 months remain until the 2017 Southern California Joint Technical Symposium on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at our New Location The Carson Center in Carson, California.

There is still time to take advantage of discounted early bird rates:

  • Attendee Registration (save $50) 
  • Exhibitor Registration (save $100) 
    • There are also Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

Discounts are available for Groups of 3+ attendees, save $100, e-mail for more details.

Hurricane and Flooding Disasters

Hurricane Resources

Stay Informed with CDC EPIC Conference Calls & Webinars

Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) conference calls & webinars bring together experts from CDC and partner organizations to discuss emergency-related health and communication topics. Sign up for EPIC Newsletters to get the latest webinar announcements and more!

Upcoming Webinar:

2019 Hurricane Season
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
1–2 PM EDT

10 quick tips for staying safe during a hurricane:

  1. Don’t go into flood water.
  2. Don’t let children or pets drink flood water
  3. Seek safe and dry shelter—Stay inside until local authorities give the OK to go outside.
  4. Wash hands regularly.
  5. Drink only clean water. Bottled water is the best option. If not available, boiled or bleach-disinfected water are the next best options (see the FDA resource below for boiling and disinfecting instructions).
  6. Eat only safe food. When in doubt, throw it out!
  7. Don’t eat food that has been in flood water.
  8. Check on your family and neighbors.
  9. Check on your pets.
  10. Above all else—Keep yourself healthy and safe.

Remember that if the electricity is out, the food in your refrigerator could be unsafe for consumption. When in doubt, throw it out!

Resources & Links

CDC Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) Conference Calls & Webinars

Hurricane Safety Tips & Resources

National Hurricane Center Website

Informative Blog Posts & Articles

Disaster Recovery and Hurricane Relief Efforts

Hurricane Irma and Emergency Preparedness

Flood Recovery

Resources to Protect and Restore Community Health

When flood waters recede, communities are often left with contaminated water supplies, nonfunctioning septic tanks, mold, increased vectors and pests,  spoiled food, and temporary shelters and housing.  Ensuring the proper information reaches community members and supports environmental health professionals  is essential in the efforts to restore communities and protect public health. The following resources provide best practices around flood recovery related to environmental health.

Emergency Preparedness & Response Training 

CDC Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Awareness level (online) and Operations level (in-person) training.

Food Safety

FDA Food and Water Safety During Power Outages and Floods

Risk Assessment Tools

Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA). Guidance for conducting a THIRA at all levels of government
Operational Plans: Guidance for creating these plans

National Incident Management Systems (NIMS): Systematic, proactive approach to guide organizations in managing all types of incidents

National Planning System: Provides a unified approach and common terminology to support the implementation of the National Preparedness System 

National Exercise Program

HURREVAC is the decision support tool of the National Hurricane Program, administered by FEMA, the USACE, and the NOAA National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Simulation


Floods and Public Health Resources

CDC WASH Emergency Communication Resources 

CDC Water Sanitation & Hygiene for Flood Waters


Flood Preparedness Factsheets in multiple languages

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Vietnamese

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Swahili

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Spanish

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Somali

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Serbo-Croatian

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Russian

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Nepali

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet French

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Chinese

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Burmese

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Arabic


Hospital and Healthcare Facilities

AHRQ Hospital Assessment and Recovery Guide (PDF)


Community Resources

CDC Flood Water Home Clean-up

Drinking Water

U.S. EPA Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water

CDC: FAQs on When and How to Boil Water

University of Nebraska: Drinking Water Treatment Emergency Procedures 

Private Wells and Septic Systems

NEHA's Flooding Preparedness and Response for Private Water Systems 


U.S. EPA Mold Clean-up After Floods


Flood Recovery Worker and Volunteer Safety

CDC Worker Safety After Floods

OSHA Natural Disaster Recovery

Vector Control

Pan-American Health Organization Vector Control in Disaster Situations

Infection Prevention

Infection Prevention and Control for Shelters During Disasters (PDF) by APIC Emergency Preparedness Committee

Rebuilding Homes

Rebuild Healthy Homes: Guide to Post-disaster Restoration for a Safe and Healthy Home (PDF) by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

Storm Safety  This site provides storm preparedness, safety after the storm, and rebuilding safely after a storm information. This is provided courtesy of Underwriters Laboratories (UL)