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Emergency & Disaster Readiness

Environmental public health is an essential component of disaster readiness. We partner with state, tribal, local, territorial, and national environmental public health organizations to identify needs and develop tools to assist you in preparing for and responding to natural and human-made emergencies, including the awareness, planning, response, and recovery periods of disaster management.

Through diverse collaborations and partnerships, we provide education and training and develop tools to support and improve environmental public health emergency preparedness and response throughout communities. Learn more about the exciting projects we are working on:

Environmental Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response​ Framework

We have created a capability framework that outlines and defines the roles and responsibilities of EPH during disasters.

Learn About the Framework

Disaster Readiness Simulator​

We are building an online tool to enhance collaboration across the emergency response, environmental public health, and public health systems to better prepare, respond, and recover from concurrent disasters.

Learn About the Simulator

Additional Resources

Wildfire Response Guide

Our new Wildfire Response Guide for Environmental Public Health Professionals identifies the relevant environmental public health concerns for each of the key environmental public health areas of responsibility and maps out the corresponding immediate response and recovery objectives. Review and bookmark the guide to be prepared for the next wildfire in your community, even if you’ve never had one. Find template wildfire messages, forms, and guidance documents created and used by jurisdictions. | View the Guide

Wildfire Resources

These resources are from our partners at CDC, EPA, 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. | View Resources

HiAP Preparedness Guide

The Health In All Policies Preparedness (HiAP) Guide provides a framework to taking a HiAP approach to public health preparedness to improve the depth and effectiveness of collaboration at all stages of response. | Learn More

Tribal Mitigation Planning Handbook

The FEMA Tribal Mitigation Planning Handbook (the Tribal Handbook) is a tool for Tribal governments to use in developing a mitigation plan that meets the requirements of Title 44. It focuses on practical approaches for how Tribes can build mitigation plans that reduce long-term risk from natural hazards. | Tribal Mitigation Planning Handbook

Preparedness Committee

Our Preparedness Committee brings together public and private sector environmental public health and emergency management experts to develop position and policy statements, guidance and resources, and identify training gaps, best practices, and funding. | Preparedness Committee