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Ready for Everything: Achieving Total Readiness for Disasters with Environmental Public Health

Disasters can bring extensive damage to a community, often beyond the immediate and visible destruction of infrastructure and homes. The less visible impacts, particularly on the health and well-being of a community, can be profound and long-lasting. Yet for too many communities, disaster readiness remains incomplete. Response plans often overlook environmental health threats that can cascade into crises if left unaddressed.

This interactive, scenario-based workshop will provide environmental public health leaders, managers, and practitioners of all experience levels with practical tools and actionable insights to enhance disaster readiness. By exploring essential functions of environmental public health during and after disasters through interactive sessions, participants will strengthen their agency’s capacity to respond to future challenges.

By attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the functions required to address environmental health impact and threats during emergencies and disasters in order to protect the health and wellbeing of affected communities
  • Discuss differences in public health and environmental health roles and responsibilities in normal operations versus emergency operations
  • Recognize the organizations and agencies that support public health and environment health operations at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Identify opportunities to better integrate public health and environment health in preparedness, response, and recovery planning

This training is designed for:

  • Environmental public health professionals with a range of experience levels, from those new to the field to seasoned veterans
  • Public health professionals working in emergency preparedness and response
  • Leadership from environmental and public health agencies, such as directors
  • Mid-level managers and "boots on the ground" practitioners
  • Personnel from partner organizations like emergency management

Space is limited to 25 participants.