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Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive storms to hit the Gulf Coast in decades. The storm necessitated one of the largest disaster response mobilizations in the United States in Louisiana, Mississippi and Southern Alabama. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) mobilized its resources, as required in the Health and Safety Annex of the National Response Plan (NRP), and has taken the following actions:

  1. created the most widely used health and safety PowerPoint briefing and accompanying booklets for Katrina responders (available below);
  2. posted pertinent modules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Disaster Site Worker course on the Clearinghouse site;
  3. coordinated resources and expertise with OSHA, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and other members of the National Response Team federal agencies; and
  4. identified training efforts of WETP awardees in the Gulf region pending activation of the WETP Emergency Support Activation Plan (ESAP).

Katrina Responder Training Materials Created by NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program: PowerPoint Health and Safety Briefing: Protecting Yourself While Helping Others

English Version

Protecting Yourself While Helping Others (Responder Orientation Briefing). PowerPoint (7.8 MB) PDF (2.3 MB)
November 2005. Version 11. 49 pages. This presentation is a joint collaboration between NIEHS and other federal agencies to give health and safety guidance to those responding to Hurricane Katrina. It is the most widely used safety and health awareness program in the disaster zone. Organizations should feel free to customize the program for their intended audiences. The booklet below is intended as an accompanying pocket guide that can be distributed with this training or independently.

En Espanol

Protección Personal y Ayuda a Los Demás: Consideraciones De Seguridad Para Participantes. PowerPoint (7.8 MB) PDF (2.1 MB) Septiembre de 2005. 42 páginas. Esta presentación es una colaboración común entre NIEHS y otras agencias federales para dar la dirección de salud y de seguridad a ésas que responden al huracán Katrina. Se piensa para ser una herramienta útil para el entrenamiento de la orientación del sitio.

Vietnamese Version

Protecting Yourself While Helping Others (Responder Orientation Briefing). PowerPoint (7.8 MB) PDF (6.3 MB) December 2005. 50 slides. This document is the Protecting Yourself While Helping Others (Responder Orientation Briefing) translated into Vietnamese.

Booklets for Responders

To Print Brochures

(Please note - The brochure cover is printed separately) NIEHS training awardees and any training response organization reproducing this booklet may insert their name and/or logo on the back cover beneath the text that reads "This book is provided by:" and may insert their logo on the upper right hand corner of the cover.)

Safety Awareness for Responders to Hurricanes (Protecting Yourself While Helping Others) (Booklet, Color Print Layout) (6.5 MB) November 2005. Version 11. 48 pages. This is the print layout version of the pocket guide that includes crop marks and registration marks for printers. The dimensions are 5"x4" and should be saddle stitched (stapled). To print from a desktop printer, print on 8.5"X11" paper double-sided, staple along the middle, and cut the top, bottom and right edges as specified by the crop marks. There are no copyrights and organizations are encouraged to add additional information, like contact information for their safety and health staff.

Safety Awareness for Responders to Hurricanes (Protecting Yourself While Helping Others) (Booklet, Black and White Print Layout) (6.5 MB) November 2005. Version 11. 48 pages. This is the same as the print version posted above, but it is in black and white to save printing costs.

Safety Awareness for Responders to Hurricanes - Booklet Cover (506 KB) November 2005. Version 11. 1 page. This is the cover that accompanies both versions of the Safety Awareness for Responders to Hurricanes brochures. It is in color and is to be printed separately from the brochures on cover stock.

En Espanol

Protección personal y ayuda a los demás: consideraciones de seguridad para participantes en operaciones de auxilio del Huracán Katrina (Panfleto para imprimir) (506 KB) Septiembre 2005. 18 páginas. Esta es la composición para imprimir de la guía de bolsillo que tiene señalizado dónde cortar, además de marcas de registro destinadas para su impresión. La dimensión es de 5"x4" y debe engraparse. La tapa, que consiste de las dos primeras páginas de este archivo PDF, debe imprimirse en papel más grueso. Para imprimir en una impresora de oficina, imprima en papel de tamaño 8.5"X11" de dos caras, engrape en el medio (cosido a caballo), y corte los bordes de arriba, abajo y derecha, siguiendo las marcas de corte. No hay copyrights. Las organizaciones pueden añadir información adicional a su gusto, tal como información de contacto para su personal de salud y seguridad.

Protección personal y ayuda a los demás: consideraciones de seguridad para participantes en operaciones de auxilio del Huracán Katrina (Panfleto para imprimir en blanco y negro) (4.6 MB) Septiembre 2005. 18 páginas. Esta es la misma composición para imprimir descrita anteriormente, salvo que ésta es en blanco y negro para ahorrar costos de impresión.

Protección personal y ayuda a los demás: consideraciones de seguridad para participantes en operaciones de auxilio del Huracán Katrina (Tapa para el panfleto) (244 KB)
Septiembre 2005. 1 página. Esta es la tapa que acompaña a ambas versiones del panfleto Protección personal y ayuda a los demás: consideraciones de seguridad para participantes en operaciones de auxilio del Huracán Katrina. Es en colores y se debe imprimir separadamente de los panfletos.

Vietnamese

Safety Awareness for Responders to Hurricanes (Protecting Yourself While Helping Others)(VIETNAMESE VERSION) (6.4 MB) December 2005. Version 11. 48 pages. This is the Vietnamese print layout version of the pocket guide that includes crop marks and registration marks for printers. The dimensions are 5"x4" and should be saddle stitched (stapled). To print from a desktop printer, print on 8.5"X11" paper double-sided, staple along the middle, and cut the top, bottom and right edges as specified by the crop marks. There are no copyrights and organizations are encouraged to add additional information, like contact information for their safety and health staff.

Safety Awareness for Responders to Hurricanes (Protecting Yourself While Helping Others) (Brochure, Black and White Print Layout) (VIETNAMESE VERSION) (7.4 MB) December 2005. Version 11. 48 pages. This is the same as the Vietnamese print version, but it is in black and white to save printing costs.

Safety Awareness for Responders to Hurricanes - Brochure Cover (VIETNAMESE VERSION) (460,460 bytes)
December 2005. Version 11. 1 page. This is the cover that accompanies both Vietnamese versions of the Safety Awareness for Responders to Hurricanes brochures. It is in color and is to be printed separately from the brochures on cover stock.

Other Materials

Rebuilding After Katrina Report "New 06-06" Illegal immigrants make up about one-fourth of the laborers rebuilding the New Orleans area, according to the Tulane/Berkeley study that also suggests they are less likely than their documented counterparts to get protective gear and be informed about health hazards such as asbestos and mold.

Mold Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes and Major Floods   Extensive water damage after major hurricanes and floods increases the likelihood of mold contamination in buildings. This MMWR report provides information on how to limit exposure to mold and how to identify and prevent mold-related health effects.

Additional Training Resources for Hurricane Katrina This page contains modules from the OSHA disaster site worker course that are relevant to Hurricane Katrina.

Guidelines for the Protection and Training of Workers Engaged in Maintenance and Remediation Work Associated with Mold (Print Layout Version) (410 KB)
May 2005. 43 pages. This report is the product of two workshops each one attended by over sixty technical experts representing governmental agencies, industrial hygiene firms, abatement contractors, labor unions, universities, and trade associations.The outcome of these workshops, presented here as minimum-training criteria, is intended to serve as initial guidance to governmental agencies, trade organizations, labor unions, and professional associations in the future development of mold worker protection training programs. The training recommendations are based on a review of all major existing guidance.

NIEHS Worker Safety and Health Training Support Annex (123 KB) September 2005. 5 pages. Upon activation of the National Response Plan, this Worker Safety and Health Training Support Annex is activated in support of the Worker Safety and Health Annex and other Emergency Support Annexes as established by the National Response Plan (NRP) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Hurricane Katrina Update: Efforts of the NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program and National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training (448 KB)
September 2005. 1 page. This document is an update on NIEHS' current activities in response to Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina Worker Health and Safety Plan   October 2005. 34 pages. OSHA document that outlines the basic safety and health requirements for federal workers and contractors involved in response and recovery operations related to Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina Disaster Debris Management: Lessons Learned from State and Local Governments (334 KB)   September 2005. 35 pages. This briefing report from the Solid Waste Association of North America responds to a request from the Louisiana DEQ for assistance. It provides a list of resource materials, lessons learned in the management of specific wastes and best management practices in handling various types of debris.

The Application of HAZWOPER to Worksite Response and Cleanup Activities   December 2005. 9 pages. This is the final version of a flowchart "tool" to utilize when deciding whether an activity is or would be considered an "emergency response" activity under HAZWOPER.

EPA Resources

EPA Response Activity  
This site outlines the current response activities EPA is performing in regards to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. It includes sampling data and is updated daily.

OSHA Resources

Hazard Exposure and Risk Assessment Matrix for Hurricane Response and Recovery Work   This eMatrix outlines the activities most commonly performed during hurricane response and recovery work and provides detailed information about the hazards associated with those activities. The eMatrix is designed to help employers make decisions to protect workers and offers recommendations for personal protective equipment, safe work practices, and precautions for each activity.

 

NIOSH Resources

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Storm and Flood Cleanup  
This CDC-NIOSH website contains links to information about hazards associated with storm and flood cleanup.

Suggested Guidance for Supervisors at Disaster Rescue Sites  
Disaster sites pose a multitude of health and safety concerns. This website contains guidelines to help avoid these risks.

NYCOSH Resources

Katrina and Rita Cleanup Workers: Mold Factsheet    

This document from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) provides important information that workers handling mold-contaminated materials or working around mold-contaminated materials or in mold-contaminated areas should be aware of.

CDC Resources

Emergency Preparedness and Response: Hurricanes, What You Should Know   This website conveys information on hurricane recovery and preparedness. It also gives information for specific groups.

OMB Watch Resources

OMB Watch: Toxic Chemical Sites in New Orleans  
This page contains major sites that store, use, or produce large quantities of toxic chemicals within Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes. OMB Watch created this page by merging four Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) databases, which OMB Watch makes publicly available through its project RTK NET (the Right-To-Know Network).

Potential Small-source Toxic Chemical Sites in New Orleans   OMB Watch does not claim that all of these sites have been affected by Hurricane Katrina or the ensuing flooding. In addition, this page does not cover non-point sources of pollution (e.g. leaks from cars or sewers), pollution sources that are not toxic chemicals (e.g. waste from sewage treatment plants), or small sources (e.g. underground storage tanks at gas stations).