Multiple historic wildfires continue to burn in both California and Colorado, as well as in other parts of the country. Communities and the environment are being severely impacted as smoke creates unlivable conditions for many towns and cities in the areas surrounding the fires. Since mid-August, the wildfires have burned millions of acres and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents from their homes.
During and after wildfire devastation, environmental health professionals play a critical role in emergency response and communication efforts. These efforts are made even more challenging when environmental health professionals are also managing COVID-19 response and control endeavors. NEHA pledges our support in assisting environmental health professionals in any way possible.
Over the past several years, NEHA has compiled a library of helpful resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, and California Department of Public Health. These resources were created to assist environmental health professionals with emergency preparedness after a wildfire or mass fire.