Environmental Health is a valued ESF-8 Partner that is involved in all aspects of a disaster. Environmental Health personnel may be employees of the Public Health Department, Sanitation Department, or a stand-alone agency. These professionals are invaluable during a disaster. Imagine a chemical spill, water supply pollution, food contamination, mold, or airborne contaminants – these hazards fall to Environmental Health.
During a response, Environmental Health inspects food, water, and shelters to ensure proper quality and sanitation. They also manage the cleanup of household hazardous materials.
Environmental Health also continuously monitors the environment following an event to assess the environment and the potential impact on the population.