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Emergency Preparedness Resources

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) has compiled a number of resources related to emergency preparedness and response.This webpage provides documents and resources that address emergency preparedness in general. Documents found on this page primarily address issues in government preparedness and public preparedness. Use the menu on the left-hand side to locate documents and links which contain resources for worker safety and training topics on different emergency preparedness and response situations.

  • Emergency Responders Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) Document and Guide for Key Decision Makers   2012. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)convened a consortium of federal agencies, state health departments, and volunteer responder groups to develop this set of guidelines and recommendations to address all aspects of protecting emergency responders. It is intended to be of use to all those involved in the deployment and protection of emergency responders, including incident management leadership; leadership of response organizations; health, safety, and medical personnel; and the workers themselves.

  • Guidance for Managing Worker Fatigue During Disaster Operations   (2009)¬†¬†This Technical Assistance Document (TAD) is created by the National Response Team (NRT) to address worker fatigue during large-scale disaster operations.

  • DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Better Planning Would Improve OSHA Safety and Health in Disasters   April 2007. 78 pages. Report prepared by Government Accountability Office recommendations to the Secretaries of Labor, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services designed to improve OSHA's efforts during future disasters.