Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

All-Hazards Public Health Emergency Response Guide

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

All-Hazards Public Health Emergency Response Guide

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State, local, and tribal public health departments play an extremely important role in all-hazards emergency preparedness and response. Public health professionals within these departments should have immediate access to guidance and information that will assist them in rapidly establishing priorities and undertaking necessary actions during the response to an emergency or disaster. The Environmental Public Health Readiness Branch (EPHRB) of the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services has developed a response guide to address this need.

The Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors is an all-hazards reference tool for health professionals who are responsible for initiating the public health response during the first 24 hours (i.e., the acute phase) of an emergency or disaster. It provides useful information on activating the public health system of a jurisdiction and integrating it into the existing overall emergency response structure during the acute phase of an incident. …

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