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Emergency Preparedness and Response Fundamentals: Training for Environmental Health Professionals [ Website, Podcast, PowerPoint, Word, PDF ]
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This web-based training course focuses on the role of environmental health professionals in emergency preparedness.

Divided into two modules, “Emergency Preparedness and Response Fundamentals” and “Putting Principles into Practice,” this course addresses basic environmental health concepts important to front-line staff with years of experience as well as those new to the field.

The course includes: an overview of EH principles, skills, & possible roles; a review of assessment & management skills; definitions of disasters & emergencies; and guides to minimizing health impacts. The two modules address a broad range of environmental health issues--food safety, sheltering, water, vectors, hazardous materials, radiological materials, waste management--and uses three real-life situations to drive the lessons home.

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This web-based training course developed by NACCHO's Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center focuses on the role of environmental health professionals in emergency preparedness. Divided into two modules, Emergency Preparedness and Response Fundamentals and Putting Principles into Practice, this training addresses basic environmental health concepts important to front-line staff with years of experience as well as those new to the field.


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Author: Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center, revised by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department Advanced Practice Center
Related Topics: Environmental Health Emergency Preparedness
Suggested Audiences: Environmental health professionals
Product PHEP Capabilities: Capability 1: Community Preparedness, Capability 2: Community Recovery, Capability 3: Emergency Operations Coordination, Capability 4: Emergency Public Information and Warning, Capability 5: Fatality Management, Capability 13: Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation, Capability 14: Responder Safety and Health

Goals and Objectives:
• Describe the basic principles of environmental health (EH).
• Interpret the cause-of-disease model.
• Recognize your skills and tools as an EH professional.
• Distinguish between different types of disasters.
• Identify your role in responding to a disaster.
• Describe how public health ordinances help prevent emergencies.
• Describe how environmental health fits into an Incident Command Structure.
• Assume an appropriate risk communication role in emergencies, which depends on the structure of the organization.
• Know what to do in the immediate wake of a disaster.
• Know who is responsible for what in a disaster.
• Follow local procedures for emergency response.
• Respond to activities that involve your area of expertise.
• Prepare an emergency plan for you and your family.
• Describe the value of an emergency plan for the workplace.
• Describe different types of recovery efforts in which you could be involved.
• Understand your role in reconstruction after a disaster.
• Describe the concept of secondary damage assessment.
• Explain the three key elements of mitigation intended to reduce the impact of emergencies and disasters.
• Appreciate the impact of ongoing education efforts on the ability of community residents to effectively respond to an emergency.
• Put these principles into practice using three different disaster scenarios.