Environmental Public Health Week 2014 - Day 3
Emergency and Disaster Management
Did you know?
Flooding, extreme weather, global warming and hurricanes are all disasters and emergencies that can be
effectively managed – and, in some cases even mitigated – through good planning and response. Public
Health Inspectors and Environmental Health Officers regularly obtain critical skills training and
knowledge to work as vital professionals in the field to assist during an emergency situation impacting
the health of a community.
The PHI/EHO must regularly refresh their knowledge skills to keep up with the demand of an always changing environment or situation ensuring the protection of the public.
As Environmental Public Health Professionals, in Ontario we support the public and partners such as our local municipalities by:
- Educating the public on what to do before, during and after an extreme weather event such as a flood or tornado.
- Assist the public in better understanding the impact of an emergency or disaster has on their health.
- Inspecting designated shelter facilities for food safety, communicable disease and infection control and sanitation and help to advise on how best to protect the health of the public and on corrective actions to be taken.
What can you do?
During Environmental Public Health Week; we need to recognize and be thankful for the hard work of the Public Health Inspector and other Environmental Public Health Professionals. Why not take the time to do one of the following things:
- Obtain a copy of the Emergency Preparedness Guide published by Health Canada and become familiarized with protecting yourself and your family.
- Web search for one of Ontario’s Public Health Units then type “emergency preparedness” in the search engine and see what you come up with.
- Read a book on emergency and disaster management and discuss with colleagues.