Environmental Health and Shelters


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Course Description
This course was developed by CAPT Mark Miller, a Senior Environmental Health Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The content of this course is taken from a series of lectures that CAPT Miller and his colleagues deliver around the country as a package of Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response. The lectures in this course focus on teaching environmental health specialists how they can apply their knowledge of everyday environmental health problems to dealing with environmental health issues that arise in the creation of mass shelters that may follow a major disaster. By the end of this course, the student should be able to describe key environmental health issues and the roles of environmental health professionals in shelter operations.

This course is provided by South Central Public Health Partnership and will require a secondary login and/or registration. Click the LAUNCH button below to start or be taken to the course.

Target Audience
Environmental health specialists seeking information on how to deal with the environmental health issues that arise in the creation of mass shelters that may follow a major disaster.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of Environmental Health professionals in mass shelter operations
  2. Identify the lead organizers of mass shelters
  3. Describe the role of Emergency Support Functions in the development and maintenance of shelter operations
  4. Describe the different types or classes of shelters
  5. Identify the standards that must be met for a site to be designated as a shelter facility
  6. List the components of a SanPac and discuss the underlying assumptions for its use
  7. Describe when and how to use a spill kit for bodily fluid clean-up
  8. Discuss the sanitation and housekeeping procedures that are unique to child care and food preparation/distribution
  9. facilities within a mass shelter
  10. Indicate the staffing recommendations for EH personnel at a shelter
  11. Describe the components of a shelter assessment tool
  12. Describe the unique considerations in sheltering special needs populations
  13. List measures to prevent outbreaks in shelters
  14. List special considerations for maintaining pets in shelters
  15. Discuss options for pet sheltering and the pros and cons of each
  16. Discuss the types of information that need to be communicated to the residents of a shelter, and the best means to do so

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)
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Professional/Disciplinary Competencies
Preparedness & Response Core Competencies

  • 1.1: Solve problems under emergency conditions.
  • 1.3: Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.
  • 3.1: Contribute expertise to a community hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA).

Online/ Self-study

Credit /CEU
None available

3 hrs.

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Course Publication Date
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