This manual is prepared as a field guide for the environmental health professional following a major disaster. It is intended as an overview of the key response and recovery elements that are likely to be encountered and that will require prompt, informed decisions to protect the health and safety of the public. This manual is not intended to serve as a disaster response plan. It is intended to supplement existing plans with information most needed by an environmental health practitioner in responding to a disaster. The following major sections are included:
1. Structure of Emergency Operations
4. Liquid Waste
5. Solid Waste
6. Housing/Mass Care Shelters
7. Vector Control
8. Hazardous Materials
9. Medical Waste
10. Radiological Materials
11. Debris Management
California is a state with an extensive geographic area, a long ocean shoreline, climatic extremes, broad geologic variations, a large number of known and unknown earthquake faults, and areas of dense population and industrial development. It is subject to a broad spectrum of destructive forces, including earthquakes, volcanoes, tidal waves, severe storms, floods, wildland fires, nuclear accidents, hazardous materials incidents, and acts of terrorism.
California Association of Environmental Health Administrators. The committee gratefully acknowledges the participation of each of the contributors and their departments. Without their participation, this manual could not have been produced. See pages 12-1 to 12-4 for a full list of contributors.
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