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Hurricanes & Floods

The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) and its awardees have been actively involved in hurricane and flood response and cleanup activities, including those related to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The following resources are aimed at protecting the health and safety of those responding to the aftermath of a hurricane or a flood, including emergency responders, skilled support personnel, homeowners, and business owners. For a list of resources applicable to a variety of natural and man-made disasters, please visit our All-Hazards Resources page.

Training Resources

The National Clearinghouse creates training tools to aid in the development of awareness-level courses or other awareness-level materials. These tools provide health and safety guidance to those involved in disaster response and cleanup activities. Companion booklets are pocket guides that can be distributed with the training and used as a resource when workers are on a disaster site. To order hard copies of these booklets, please complete the Booklet Order Form.

NOTE: The WTP is involved in the response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This fact sheet(1.2MB) explains the training technical assistance the WTP can provide to hurricane cleanup and recovery workers.

Hurricane Training Tool

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Floods Booklet

Mold Remediation Training Tool

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Debris Removal Training Tool

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WTP Awardee Resources

Other NIEHS Resources

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WTP Technical Workshops

Federal Links and Documents

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)


Other Links and Documents

General Hurricane and Flood Resources

Hurricane Katrina Resources