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.
NACCHO Webinar: Western Wildfires – Keeping Communities from Polluted Air May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NACCHO is pleased to host a webinar on Western Wildfires: Keeping Communities from Polluted Air.
In 2017, Cal Fire recorded 7,117 wildfires and nearly 506,000 acres burned.
The IEHA Fall Conference is a must-attend event for every Environmental Health Professional / Sanitarian in Iowa. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and network with national, regional, state and local experts in Environmental Health and reconnect with friends and colleagues as you attend the numerous sessions, exhibits, and the evening networking event.
Three NEHA staff from the Program & Partnership Development department represent NEHA at the 2018 Preparedness Summit.
Participating staff include Christine Ortiz Gumina, Solly Poprish, and Allison Schneider.
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
- Radiological Terrorism a toolkit for Public Health Officials: CDC
- Decontamination for Yourself and Others: CDC
- Where to go in a Radiation Emergency:CDC
- Dirty Bombs Fact Sheet: US NRC
- Public Health Laboratories to Respond to Radiological Readiness: AHPL
- Radiological and Nuclear Devices: CIA
Chemical Disaster Preparedness
- Chemical Agents: Facts about Sheltering in Place: CDC
- Chemical Agents: Facts about Personal Cleaning and Disposal of Contaminated Clothing: CDC
- Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors- Version 2.0: CDC
- Emergency Preparedness and Response: US Dept. of Labor
The EPA’s Homeland Security Research Program has developed and pilot deployed real-time analytics hardware and software (RTX:LINK and EPANET-RTX) in both large and small systems (Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Colorado). The RTX:LINK and EPANET-RTX applications to the City of Flint, Michigan will help with daily operations by monitoring system-wide flows, pressures, and water age in real time.
Save the date for the 2018 Georgia Environmental Health Association (GEHA) Annual Education Conference (AEC) happening June 27-29, 2018, at the Savannah DeSoto Hilton. GEHA looks forward to its members and guests coming to this popular location overlooking Madison Square in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District.
NEHA Executive Director, Dr. David Dyjack, and Government Affairs Director, Joanne Zurcher, will represent NEHA at the Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Stakeholder Listening Session: Priorities for Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness
This series of 5 webinars will provide attendees with an understanding of the impacts of wildland smoke on the health of tribal communities and strategies to minimize exposure. Each 90-minute webinar will feature 3 presentations.
The webinars are free and open to anyone. The webinars will be recorded.
To Register for one or all five of the webinars, send an email to: email@example.com