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  • Harvey
  • Professor Kim Anderson, environmental scientist at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon, is partnering with investigators at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas to study the exposures of residents in that city to petrochemical toxins in the post-Hurricane Harvey period. (wsws.org)
  • Last month, the Associated Press reported that the US Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged the flooding of all 13 of the Houston-area Superfund sites by Hurricane Harvey, including one of the city's most toxic, the US Oil Recovery site that is brimming with cancer-causing compounds. (wsws.org)
  • More workers could die from the long-term effects of cleaning up after hurricanes Harvey and Irma than were killed by the storms, according to a nationwide network of workplace health and safety groups. (osha10hrtraining.com)
  • Bandino also pointed out that floating fire ant colonies appeared in the streets of Houston following flooding from Hurricane Harvey in 2017. (healthday.com)
  • The US Air Force is spraying 6 million acres in Texas with potentially harmful insecticides, as the state tries to rid itself of swarms of mosquitoes nesting in flooded areas after Hurricane Harvey. (rt.com)
  • Hurricane Harvey, which began as a Category 4 storm, dumped more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain on parts of Texas over the course of four days. (rt.com)
  • disasters
  • The CDC issued the results after testing of the housing units contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the wake of the Gulf Coast disasters. (southbendtribune.com)
  • Most Agility responses are to isolated local emergencies, such as a fire that renders a building unusable, rather than to major disasters. (nlc.org)
  • FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Flooding from hurricanes and other natural disasters increases the risk of skin infections among victims and relief workers, a skin expert warns. (healthday.com)
  • The mission of NIOSH EPRO is to protect the health and safety of emergency response providers and recovery workers, through the advancement of research and collaborations, to prevent diseases, injuries, and fatalities in anticipation of, and during responses to natural and man-made disasters and novel emergent events. (cdc.gov)
  • Naled is used elsewhere in the US, with health departments spraying about one million pounds on 16 million acres each year - especially after disasters like hurricanes and flooding - to curb mosquitos. (rt.com)
  • Working in settings where disasters have occurred and developing emergency care information for pregnant women and their health care providers are priority activities. (cdc.gov)
  • Disasters can present unique challenges to pregnant women and potential exposures to the developing fetus during pregnancy can affect infants and children as they grow. (cdc.gov)
  • While catastrophes such as the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the wildfires now ravaging the Southwest have riveted attention, weather researchers say disasters aren't necessarily on the rise. (mcall.com)
  • disaster
  • To assess the impact of storm-related CO exposures and to enhance prevention efforts, CDC analyzed data from five disparate surveillance sources on CO exposures reported during September 13--26 in counties of southeast Texas that were declared disaster areas by the federal government. (cdc.gov)
  • President Obama signed major disaster declarations for Louisiana and Mississippi on Aug. 29 as Isaac, a hurricane now downgraded to a tropical storm, moved slowly to the northwest across Louisiana. (ohsonline.com)
  • The key facts: After the hurricanes, FEMA activated its Individual and Household Assistance Program and, from September 2005 through May 1, 2009, the agency supplied disaster victims with EHUs, at no cost, to use as temporary shelter. (masstortdefense.com)
  • Disaster Responder Training will assist workers at an awareness level how to identify and control hazards pertaining to the response and cleanup activities associated with a disaster. (osha10hrtraining.com)
  • Disaster recovery workers and anyone in contact with floodwater should clean themselves immediately after exposure and use disinfectant on any wounds. (osha10hrtraining.com)
  • WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government may house disaster victims in trailers this hurricane season as a last resort, despite promises never to use them again because of high levels of formaldehyde found in trailers used after the Katrina catastrophe. (southbendtribune.com)
  • Even after Sept. 11, 2001, even after Hurricane Katrina, a Red Cross survey last year found that 93 percent of Americans aren't prepared for a major calamity -- a natural disaster, a pandemic or a terrorist attack. (washingtonpost.com)
  • First, registering all responders during a response to a disaster could improve implementation of screening and monitoring services. (gao.gov)
  • As a result, HHS has not indicated whether its policies and actions following a disaster or emergency would apply these lessons. (gao.gov)
  • A spokeswoman for the California-based company, which has a large presence in Anne Arundel County, said Northrop Grumman doesn't necessarily see disaster response as a growth area, but its products have proved useful in such situations. (mcall.com)
  • Hazard Exposure
  • The Hazard Exposure and Risk Assessment Matrix for Hurricane Response and Recovery Work provides a general overview of particular topics related to current OSHA standards. (osha.gov)
  • Recovery workers and residents should take protective measures, including evaluating the work area for hazards, task-specific hazard exposure monitoring, using engineering or work practice to controls to mitigate hazards, using personal protective equipment, following appropriate hygiene procedures, assuming all power lines are live, using appropriate precautions for traffic work zones, and using all equipment correctly. (ohsonline.com)
  • impacts
  • The coordinator of this response effort was University of Georgia biogeochemist and microbial ecologist Dr. Samantha Joye, science lead for the Ecosystem Impacts of Oil & Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG) consortium. (gulfresearchinitiative.org)
  • Pesticide Action Network (PAN) states that long-term impacts of Naled exposure can be serious - particularly for children - as it is a hormone disruptor and a reproductive and developmental toxin. (rt.com)
  • Other possible impacts of public health emergencies during pregnancy include pregnancy loss, small size for gestational age, preterm birth, and other complications. (cdc.gov)
  • Federal Emerge
  • Only the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency could approve the use of such trailers, and they would have to meet the agency's standard for low formaldehyde levels, according to a draft of the agency's five-page 2008 hurricane-season plan, obtained by The Associated Press. (southbendtribune.com)
  • Why GAO Did This Study: Following the World Trade Center (WTC) attack, the Congress appropriated more than $8 billion to the Department of Homeland Security s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency for response and recovery activities. (gao.gov)
  • Based at the state armory in Hartford, 11 departments provided the state response, along with the Coast Guard, the American Red Cross, New York state emergency management officials, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (theday.com)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (cdc.gov)
  • FEMA
  • In June 2006, FEMA prepared an informational brochure informing EHU occupants of the potential risks of formaldehyde exposure, encouraging them to ventilate their units, and urging them to seek medical help if they developed health problems related to formaldehyde. (masstortdefense.com)
  • WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stung by complaints it was pushing hurricane victims out before the holidays, FEMA extended its hotel housing program Tuesday by a month in 10 states where most of the homeless evacuees sought shelter. (southbendtribune.com)
  • Emergency drills take place annually, but this year's was an enhanced exercise that is being evaluated by FEMA and the NRC. (theday.com)
  • workers
  • Response and recovery workers typically recover human remains by manually transferring them to a body bag and stretcher. (osha.gov)
  • this will help ensure that the animal remains stay intact and response and recovery workers will have less contact with body fluids. (osha.gov)
  • Response and recovery workers might need to shift debris, work in water, or enter enclosed areas to access remains. (osha.gov)
  • Response and recovery workers conducting this operation may be employed by Federal, State, local, and private employers. (osha.gov)
  • It is intended as a guide and quick reference for employers and response and recovery workers. (osha.gov)
  • This evaluation has brought to light the potential for emergency response workers to be exposed to excessive noise levels that could contribute to hearing loss. (cdc.gov)
  • If these workers had similar exposures in their daily jobs, they would be enrolled in a hearing loss prevention program by their employers. (cdc.gov)
  • Emergency response plans should consider noise exposures in shelters and structures used to house animals and should consider engineering and administrative controls in addition to providing HPDs to workers. (cdc.gov)
  • It's intended that the spraying will prevent mosquito-borne diseases and prevent emergency response slowdowns by workers inundated by biting insects. (rt.com)
  • hazardous
  • The Fifth Circuit recently upheld the dismissal of putative class actions filed by Mississippi and Alabama residents against the federal government alleging trailers provided to Hurricane Katrina-impacted citizens contained hazardous levels of formaldehyde. (masstortdefense.com)
  • NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Nearly two dozen companies that manufactured government-issued trailers for storm victims after Hurricane Katrina have agreed to pay $14.8 million in a proposed class-action settlement of claims that the temporary shelters exposed occupants to hazardous fumes. (southbendtribune.com)
  • diseases
  • Reports from BioSense, a CDC-sponsored and maintained automated surveillance system that receives data from approximately 590 civilian hospitals in the United States ( 4 ), included free-text, patient-reported chief complaint data and International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) diagnosis codes from emergency departments of the seven participating hospitals in southeast Texas. (cdc.gov)
  • NIEHS research uses state-of-the-art science and technology to investigate the interplay between environmental exposures, human biology, genetics, and common diseases to help prevent disease and improve human health. (nih.gov)
  • responders
  • Last year, Foresman asked a ballroom full of state first responders how many of them had made a family emergency plan. (washingtonpost.com)
  • These activities ensure the timely identification of health hazards associated with emergency responders and the implementation of adequate protection measures to protect their health and safety. (cdc.gov)
  • EPRO developed the ERHMS TM program after the 2001 9-11 attacks demonstrated the need to better track the health and safety of emergency responders throughout the pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment phases of an incident. (cdc.gov)
  • Orleans
  • We investigated the relation between respiratory symptoms and exposure to water-damaged homes and the effect of respirator use in posthurricane New Orleans, Louisiana. (cdc.gov)
  • epidemic
  • Understanding how rural areas are different when it comes to drug use and drug overdose deaths, including opioids, can help public health professionals identify, monitor, and prioritize their response to this epidemic. (govdelivery.com)
  • flood
  • A few things risk managers should keep an eye on in 2013 are cat exposed property risk, including risk with flood zone exposures - it will be a big one," said Klisura. (riskmanagementmonitor.com)
  • Animals trapped in low lying areas are still in immediate danger from contaminated flood waters, and those on higher ground or those animals that could climb had a greater chance of survival, however, exposure to heat and lack of clean water and food will have taken its toll on some animals. (humanesociety.com)
  • efforts
  • We are especially concerned in light of the increase in industrial accidents this year, that recovery efforts not lead to injuries or fatalities as Hawaii recovers from Hurricane Lane. (ohsonline.com)
  • agency's
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - CDC will continue support to protect the health and well-being of US citizens here and abroad through a reduced capacity to respond to outbreak investigations, processing of laboratory samples, and maintaining the agency's 24/7 emergency operations center. (hhs.gov)
  • surveillance
  • This report describes the results of that analysis, which indicated that one data source, Texas poison centers, received reports of 54 persons with storm-related CO exposures during the surveillance period. (cdc.gov)
  • toxic
  • As well as chemicals released during the storm, hurricane damage knocked loose asbestos, creating a toxic brew of chemicals and mold, which could cause debilitating and deadly long-term problems for those doing the work. (osha10hrtraining.com)
  • Toxic Chinese drywall in US homes is about 4 times worse than Hurricane Katrina, to mention nothing of the fact that exposure could ultimately kill those who live in these homes, and you and your administration have done little to nothing to help these 100,000's of innocent victims. (bio-medicine.org)
  • shelters
  • Tom Brown , director of business development for Smiths Detection, stands in one of the company's mobile emergency shelters. (mcall.com)
  • adequately
  • Both CDC and the American Society of Safety Engineers wrote reminders to the public that the Atlantic hurricane season lasts until Nov. 30, so Americans living far beyond the reach of Isaac need to be adequately prepared. (ohsonline.com)
  • Exposure Categories adequately reflect the characteristics of ground surface irregularities at the building site. (engineersedge.com)
  • inhalation
  • For this analysis, a storm-related CO exposure was defined as evidence of inhalation of CO (e.g., self-reported activation of a CO detector) that was related to the storm. (cdc.gov)
  • Respiratory
  • We created an exposure variable, calculated upper respiratory symptom (URS) and lower respiratory symptom (LRS) scores, and defined exacerbation categories by the effect on symptoms of being inside water-damaged homes. (cdc.gov)
  • Respiratory symptom scores increased linearly with exposure (P (cdc.gov)
  • Respiratory symptoms were positively associated with exposure to water-damaged homes, including exposure limited to being inside without participating in clean-up. (cdc.gov)
  • Naled, a neurotoxin sold under the brand name Dibrom, works by killing an enzyme in insects and leads to overstimulating the nervous system, causing nausea, dizziness and confusion and at high exposure, respiratory paralysis and death. (rt.com)
  • ultimately
  • EPRO also developed and released a free software tool, ERHMS Info Manager TM , that allows response organizations or leadership to track health and safety data on all individuals participating in an incident and to ultimately implement the ERHMS TM framework within their respective organizations. (cdc.gov)
  • Ultimately, a "general emergency" - the highest level - was declared as off-site radiation levels rose. (theday.com)
  • Occupational
  • The goal of DSRR is to develop and implement a framework to allow for timely occupational health and safety research, without interfering with responses NIOSH EPRO also seeks to address occupational safety and health gaps identified in past responses and initiate research to address them. (cdc.gov)
  • fire
  • Given the threat, fire departments and law enforcement agencies, regardless of size or capacity, should find ways to coordinate appropriate and effective responses to these events. (nfpa.org)
  • Ancillary structures (including but not limited to communication towers, fuel storage tanks, cooling towers, electrical substation structures, fire water storage tanks or other structures housing or supporting water or other fire suppression material or equipment) required for operation of Category IV structures during an emergency. (engineersedge.com)
  • We have just gotten a notice from the plant that they have a general emergency, involving the actual or potential release off-site of large amounts of radioactivity," Reid Burdick, New London's emergency management director, announced shortly after 11 a.m. to city police, fire and other officials assembled in the emergency operations center for the drill. (theday.com)
  • prevention
  • These findings underscore the need for effective prevention messages during storm preparation, warnings, and response periods regarding the correct use of generators and the installation and maintenance of battery-powered CO detectors. (cdc.gov)
  • plans
  • The state and region put emergency response plans and procedures to the test Tuesday during an exercise built around a release of potentially dangerous levels of radioactivity after two fictitious accidents at Millstone Power Station. (theday.com)
  • recovery
  • This activity sheet outlines the hazards that apply to any response and recovery worker involved in recovering human remains and transferring them to a mortuary service facility for identification. (osha.gov)
  • plan
  • The American Society of Safety Engineers advice concerns crisis management and the importance of having an emergency plan in place when a contingency situation, such as a hurricane, happens at work, at home, or in a community. (ohsonline.com)
  • Their educational and research background and their personal fortitude were put to the test, working as a full-fledged response team to plan and execute this "herculean" data-gathering operation. (gulfresearchinitiative.org)
  • team
  • In addition, EPRO leads the Worker Safety and Health Team within the CDC's Emergency Operations Center (EOC). (cdc.gov)
  • months
  • She is seeking funding from the National Institutes of Health for a follow-up study in 6 months to a year to track the changes in the Houston exposures. (wsws.org)
  • public health
  • CDC's Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) prepares for and responds to the needs of reproductive-aged women and infants before, during, and after public health emergencies. (cdc.gov)
  • Radiation
  • Potassium iodide, he noted, only protects the thyroid from harmful radiation, not other areas of the body vulnerable to exposure. (theday.com)
  • cause
  • In addition to providing poison center call data, TDSHS also provided CDC with information on storm-related deaths with CO exposure listed as the cause of death. (cdc.gov)
  • animal
  • Planning and executing a rapid response cruise is a different animal as time is of the essence and there is no margin for error," Joye explained, adding, "They were all faced with an incredible challenge yet they achieved remarkable success. (gulfresearchinitiative.org)