EH Preparedness Webinars

NEHA aims to improve the capacity of environmental health to address emergency health threats and improve the national preparedness, response, and recovery framework. The NEHA EH Preparedness Webinars page provides up-to-date information on community preparedness topics and resources. 

Environmental Health and Emergency Management Webinar (July 2018)

This NEHA-hosted webinar featured Karla Black, emergency preparedness coordinator at the Kent County Health Department in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who discussed incorporating environmental health response to flooding, Ebola planning, and vapor intrusion. Additionally, Black provided an overview of Grand Rapids Health Department's radiation exercise.

View Slidedeck (PDF)

View Webinar


EH Topics: 

EH and Emergency Management Webinar

This webinar will discuss incorporating environmental health and incident command system (ICS) responses in planning for floods, Ebola, and vapor intrusion. Additionally, it will provide an overview of the Grand Rapid Health Department's radiation exercise.

Speaker: Karla Black, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Kent County Health Department, Grand Rapids, MI

Webinar Title: Environmental Health and Emergency Management

Host: Christine Ortiz Gumina,

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

EH Topics: