Public Health Practices: Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
Public Health Practices
Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
ASTHO - The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Natural Disasters

Events in which a natural hazard has the potential to harm people's health and/or cause significant damage to property or infrastructure. A natural disaster may affect human health via its potential to cause illness or injury, the contamination or shortage of food and/or water, power outages, and development of other hazards such as mold growth or release of carbon monoxide. Examples of natural disasters include earthquakes, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, landslides and mudslides, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, and extreme winter weather. For more information, please visit the CDC page on natural disasters and severe weather.

Using Vulnerability Maps to Inform Local Public Health Policies and Climate Change Adaptation Efforts (TX)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that across the globe heat waves will likely become stronger and longer, while heavy precipitation events will become more frequent. In order to...

Adapting the Healthy Development Measurement Tool to Post-Disaster Planning Initiatives (TX)

Hurricane Ike damaged or destroyed 70% of Galveston, Texas’ residential and commercial buildings when it struck the barrier island in September 2008. Pre-storm poverty levels and poor health and...

On May 10, 2010, a massive tornado outbreak occurred in Oklahoma. Over 50 tornadoes touched down within a 36-hour period, and more than 200 homes were destroyed in Pottawattomie County alone. Evening...

In 2010, Tennessee experienced the worst flooding emergency since 1937. Floods had dramatic effects on Tennessean communities, considering that 52 counties were declared disaster areas. Homes and...

Responding to Major Flooding in Two Counties (GA)

Heavy rainfall in September 2009 prompted the activation of Emergency Support Function (ESF) 6 and 8 in two counties in Georgia. Emergency preparedness staff supported ESF 6 operations with the Red...

Using a Multi-prong, Multi-partner Approach to Address Emerging Language Needs After a Disaster (LA)

The Vietnamese and Latino communities have been well-established in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Vietnamese began coming to New Orleans in the mid-1970s, starting their own restaurants, stores, and...