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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA’s administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States.

Occupational Safety and Health Standards, Personal Protective Equipment, Fit Testing Procedures

Emergency Preparedness and Response: Getting Started


Special Needs Shelters

In Florida, there are two types of shelters – general population shelters and special needs shelters. It is important to note that not every person with a disability is eligible to evacuate to a special needs shelter. The best place to shelter for every Floridian is outside the evacuation area, in a safe and secure structure, with family and friends

Job Action Sheets for Special Needs Shelters in Florida


Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

Alzheimer’s Association Education Center


Emergency Response Decision Support System (ERDSS)

The Emergency Response Decision Support System (ERDSS) provides first responders with decision support for hazardous environments contaminated with chemical agents.

Detailed information on thousands of common chemicals and synonyms


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep the public informed of the changing environment around them.

The Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC) is an NOAA facility located in Mobile, Alabama, and establishes an unprecedented regional presence for the Gulf of Mexico region. Working under OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program, experts at the DRC use tools and science to advise decision-makers.

Over the past decade, the Gulf of Mexico has faced both natural and human-caused disasters, including hurricanes, oil spills, tornadoes, droughts, harmful algal blooms, and wildfires. While we cannot prevent these severe events, we can reduce their impacts. The need for timely and accurate information has never been greater. Recognizing this, OR&R continues to lead the way in the science of preparedness.

The DRC expands the federal capacity to plan for and respond to hazards of all types in the five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The facility is designed to survive up to Category 5 hurricane winds; contains a Force-5 tornado shelter, and has backup power systems to continue operations in the midst of severe weather. Intended to serve as a safe and ready command center during major disaster responses in the Gulf, the DRC also offers the facility for exercises, trainings, workshops, and other preparedness activities.

This facility brings together NOAA-wide resources to improve preparedness, planning, and response capacity for natural and human-caused disasters along the Gulf Coast. Dedicated in 2012, the DRC has since become the bedrock for NOAA’s Disaster Preparedness Program — a program that builds on the DRC’s existing operational capabilities and knowledge to ensure that commerce, communities, and natural resources can recover from disasters as quickly as possible.

NOAA

Disaster Response Center

National Integrated Heat Health Information System

Weather and climate resources


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR protects communities from harmful health effects related to exposure to natural and man-made hazardous substances. We do this by responding to environmental health emergencies; investigating emerging environmental health threats; conducting research on the health impacts of hazardous waste sites; and building capabilities of and providing actionable guidance to state and local health partners.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


CHEMTREC Emergency Response

When a chemical emergency occurs, you want the world’s leading chemical emergency experts at your fingertips. Our Emergency Service Specialists (ESS) know-how nearly all types of hazmat incidents and chemical spills. No matter where or when the incident occurs, you can rely on CHEMTREC and our emergency response services. Within minutes, you will be linked to the largest network of chemical and hazardous material experts in the world. CHEMTREC’s chemical response team is quick and efficient – we’ll help reduce your liability and exposure, and potentially even save lives.

CHEMTREC


Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)

PHMSA’s 2020 Emergency Response Guidebook provides first responders with a go-to manual to help deal with hazmat transportation accidents during the critical first 30 minutes.

DOT’s goal is to place an ERG in every public emergency service vehicle nationwide. To date, more than16 million free copies have been distributed to the emergency response community through state emergency management coordinators. Members of the public may purchase a copy of the ERG through the GPO Bookstore and other commercial suppliers.

Emergency Response Guidebook 2020

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Prior to opening a healthcare facility that has undergone extensive water and wind damage, inspections need to be conducted to determine if the building is salvageable. If the decision is made to proceed with recovery and remediation, building and life safety inspections must be completed before any restoration work is done to the facility. Parts I – IV describe those activities that need to be completed. Parts V – VII provide guidance for infection control review of facilities to be done before the hospital can reopen.

Prior to opening any portion of a facility such as emergency rooms or clinics, adequate support services need to be available to provide quality care in a safe environment. Contracting with outside services could be considered.

Certification for occupancy must be obtained prior to reopening the facility. Regulations regarding healthcare facility certification and licensing differ from state to state. Refer to specific state and local government resources for more information.

Checklist for Infection Control Concerns When Reopening Healthcare Facilities Closed Due to Extensive Water and Wind Damage

CMS Requirements


CHEMM – Chemical Hazards and Emergency Management

Enable first responders, first receivers, other healthcare providers, and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals.

Provide a comprehensive, user-friendly, web-based resource that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible.

CHEMM was produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, Tactical Programs Division, Office of Emergency Management, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, and many medical, emergency response, toxicology, and other types of experts.

CHEMM

Quick Response Guide

In the First Minutes of an Incident — The Basic Overview

Information for the First Responders

Information for the Hospital Providers

Information for Incident Preparedness

 


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