Chem Emer

Resources to Prepare for a Chemical Emergency

Feb 14, 2023 | Beth Hess

FEMA’s 2022 National Household Survey on Disaster Preparedness showed that 70% of people were unprepared for a chemical emergency. The recent derailment of a train containing hazardous chemicals helps to illustrate why local communities should take steps today to be prepared for such events.

Current CDC/ATSDR Involvement in Trail Derailment Incident in Ohio

The CDC/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is working closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ohio Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to assess the public health impact of the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. CDC/ATSDR has a team on the ground in Ohio to provide technical assistance and assess public health needs.  NACCHO staff is available to help answer questions local health departments may have about CDC involvement in this response. Contact us at [email protected] to get started.

Resources for Local Health Departments

To follow are resources to help local health departments prepare for chemical emergencies.


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