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Mold Remediation Post Hurricane or Flooding Disaster
These resources are from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, and Florida Department of Health. All resources were created to assist EH specialists with emergency preparedness after a hurricane or mass flooding disaster.
Resources for LHDs
- Protection From Exposure to Mold in Flooded Buildings
- Hurricane Season Public Health Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Guidance for Health Care Providers, Response and Recovery Workers, and Affected Communities
- Mold: Worker and Employer Guide to Hazards and Recommended Controls
- After The Storm: Information About Outdoor Clean-up Flood Waters Contaminated with Fuel Oil and Sewage
Resources for the Public
After The Storm: What To Do When You Go Back To A Flooded, Moldy Home (Connecticut DPH)
- Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters (CDC)
- Homeowner's and Renter Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters (EPA)
- Take Action To Minimize Mold and Dampness After Hurricane Irma
- Sewage Back-Ups: Information for Residents
REHS/RS & CPFS exam
Annual Education Conference
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
- EPA Wildfires
- Wildfires and Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials
- Wildland Fire Research to Protect Health and the Environment (U.S. EPA)
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Wildfire Response Orientation
- Presentation on wildfires (U.S. EPA)
- Clarification on prescribed burning and efforts that are used to minimize smoke impacts (CA Air Resources Board)
- Learn the right way to use an N-95 or P-100 particulate respirator mask (CA Department of PH)
- Fire response and recovery resources (California EPA)
- The Prominent Role of EH in California- Wildfire Disaster Recovery
- Form Examples: Calaveras County Toolkit
- Food and Water Safety: Food Safety Toolkit
Resources for the Public
- What to do before, during, and after a wildfire (CDC)
- Information about home air cleaners (U.S. EPA)
- Real-Time Air Quality Information: AirNow (U.S. EPA)
- Find out if you are at risk from exposure to particle pollution (U.S. EPA AirNow)
- A list of certified air cleaning devices (CA Air Resources Board)
- Healthy Heart Toolkit and Research (U.S. EPA)
- Particle Pollution and Heart Disease (Million Hearts)
- California Statewide Fire Maps
Resources From NEHA's Journal of Environmental Health
- Norovirus Outbreak at a Wildland Fire Base Camp Ignites Investigation of Restaurant Inspection Policies (PDF)
- Building Capacity to Respond and Recover
NEHA Member helping with Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico Story:
These resources are from the CDC, EPA, and PAHO created to assist EH specialist with food safety and shelters after a hurricane or mass flooding event.
EPA Photo Log (PDF)
Food Report Test (PDF)
Food Inspection Form (PDF)
CDC Shelter Tool Form (PDF)
- NEHA Press Release: http://neha.org/news-events/latest-news/hurricanes-and-emergency-preparedness-food-safety-resources-available
These resources are part of an FDA course created to address concerns related to food safety after events such as flooding, fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
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- Disaster Assessment, Response and Recovery Checklist (PDF)
- Minimum Standards for Operation of a Retail Food Establishment While Under a Boil Advisory (PDF)
- Disaster Survey Form (PDF)
- Incident Command Report (PDF)
- 2013 Food Code Spec Sheet (PDF)
- Response Food Inspections: Large Scale Tornado Sample Report (PDF)
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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.
Floods and Public Health
Hospital and Healthcare Facilities
Emergency Preparedness & Response Training
CDC Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Awareness level (online) and Operations level (in-person) training.
Flood Recovery Worker and Volunteer Safety
Infection Prevention and Control for Shelters During Disasters (PDF) by APIC Emergency Preparedness Committee
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
https://www.ul.com/code-authorities/buildingsafetyprograms/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)