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.
To follow are resources curated by NACCHO to help local health departments prepare for chemical emergencies.
• CDC: Preparation and Planning for Chemical Emergencies
• Training: Medical Management of Chem, Bio, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive Events
• FEMA Training: An Introduction to Hazardous Materials
• ASPR: CHEMPACKs
• National Strategy for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Standards
• ASPR TRACIE: CBRNE Resources
• FEMA: Key Planning Factors and Considerations for Response to and Recovery from a Chemical Incident
• FEMA: Tools for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Hazards
• FEMA: Hazardous Materials Incidents Guidance for State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Private Sector Partners
• HHS: The Golden First Minutes — Initial Response to a Chemical Hazardous Materials Incident
• CDC: Resources for Community Members