Public Health Community

Departments or districts of public health, healthcare coalitions, hospitals, mental healthcare, smoke management agencies

Public health entities support community air quality, help residents manage stress and mental health impacts related to natural disasters, and more. The resources below include resources for HEPA filtration programs, smoke communication practices, and key disaster sheltering practices. Please note, some resources might be applicable to multiple roles within the community.

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Preparing for and Responding to Wildfires and Planned Outages

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
ASPER TRACIE: Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway
In this issue of the Exchange, a newsletter from the US Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPER) Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Gateway, lessons learned during patient evacuation, wildfires and public safety planned shutoffs, and more are shared. Read More

Particle Pollution and Your Patients’ Health

Website / Interactive Map
US Environmental Protection Agency
This course is designed for family medicine physicians, internists, pediatricians, occupational and rehabilitation physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, asthma educators, pulmonary specialists, cardiologists, and other medical professionals.  Learn about the biological mechanisms responsible for cardiovascular and respiratory effects associated with particle pollution exposure and educational tools available to help patients protect their health.        Read More

Oregon Health Authority’s Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Toolkit for Wildfires

State of Oregon
This SmartSheet provides a database of resources in multiple languages to communicate with the public during disasters. Topics include how to clean up outdoor ash, the right respirator and fit, keeping food safe during an emergency, getting emergency refills from a pharmacy, and more. While many of the resources are from Oregon, some are national... Read More

Information for Disaster Evacuation Centers

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
Centers for Disease Control
Information on how to set up evacuation centers, a shelter assessment tool, guidelines for accessibility and how to deal with common health concerns at evacuation centers. Focused on public health professionals but applicable to other fields as well. Includes resources for pets in evacuation shelters for animal health and control of disease at animal shelters... Read More

Emergency Response for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities

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US Environmental Protection Agency
This site has tools and resources to support drinking water and wastewater utilities before, during and after a disaster. Resources includes checklists, communication plans, wildfire resilience planning, decontamination resources, and informations about remediation. Read More

Disaster Response for Homeless Individuals and Families

Website / Interactive Map
US Dept of Health and Human Services
People experiencing homelessness typically have limited resources and may have past exposure to traumatic events. They may be at higher risk of adverse physical and psychological reactions to a public health emergency or disaster. Trauma-informed approaches can help disaster responders effectively serve homeless individuals and families. Read More

Disaster Relief and Recovery Services

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American Red Cross
Resources from the American Red Cross. Resources include staying safe after a disaster, checking for home safety, recovering emotionally, recovering financially, and more. Read More

Coping with Disaster

Website / Interactive Map
This resource contains tips and resources to help those impacted by disaster. Available in Spanish as well. Read More

Build Wildfire Resilience

Website / Interactive Map
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Information on drinking water contamination after wildfire, a checklist for preparedness and response actions, and best practices for risk reduction and mitigation. Read More
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