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General Environmental Health Emergency Response Actions

General Environmental Health Emergency Response Actions

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Sponsorship and Development
The Environmental Health Emergency Preparedness Guide was developed by theTwin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center and was partially supported byCooperative Agreement Number U50/CCU302718 from the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention (CDC) to the National Association of County and CityHealth Of 
cials (NACCHO). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center and do not necessarily represent the of 
cialviews of the CDC or NACCHO. First printing, August 2007.
Project Lead:
Brian R. Golob, CHMM, REHS, Environmental Health, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department.
Preface
This document serves as a source of information which addresses
fteen environmental health related topics. The intent is to provide quick access toinformation that would likely be needed in the event of a natural disaster, adeliberate act of terrorism, or an industrial or transportation related accident.This document also describes and lists potential roles for environmental healthprofessionals during an emergency or disaster situation categorized by topic.This document should be used in conjunction with existing written emergencyplans and procedures.
 
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I. Introduction 1II General Environmental Health Emergency Response Actions 1III. Immediate Environmental Health Emergency Response Actions 3IV. Speci
c Environmental Health Emergency Response Actions 3
 
1. Food & Waterborne Outbreak Investigation .................................................. 4
1.1 Introduction …………………………………….....................…….............…........ 41.2 Emergency Response Objectives ……………………......................................... 41.3 Priority Activities ……………………………………........................................... 51.4 Practical Guidance Information ………………................................................ 6 
2. Water Safety and Supply ……………………………............................................. 8
 2.1 Introduction …………………………………........................................……….…. 82.2 Emergency Response Objectives ………………........……........................………. 82.3 Priority Activities ………………………………................……................………… 82.4 Practical Guidance Information ………………................……................………… 92.4.1 Disinfection ……………………………................……................………….. 92.4.2 Storage ………………………………………................……................…….. 92.4.3 Emergency Water Supply ………………................……................………. 92.4.4 Rationing ………………………………................……................…………… 10 
3. Food Safety …………………………………………............................................…… 10
3.1 Introduction ………………………………………................……................……….. 103.2 Emergency Response Objectives ……………………................……................…. 113.3 Priority Activities ……………………………………................……................…… 113.4 Practical Guidance Information ………………................……................………… 123.4.1 Power Failure ……………………………………................…….................. 123.4.2 Frozen Foods …………………………………................……................…… 123.4.3 Canned Foods ……………………………................……................……….. 133.4.4 Food Storage …………………………................……................…………... 13 
4. Sanitation …………………………………………………............................................ 14
 4.1 Introduction …………………………................……................…………………….. 144.2 Emergency Response Objectives ……………................……................…………. 144.3 Priority Activities ………………………………................……................………… 144.4 Practical Guidance Information ……………………................……................…… 154.4.1 Sanitizing Water …………………………………................…….................. 154.4.2 Human Waste Disposal …………………………................……...............… 15
 

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