A Brief Note On Environmental And Emergency Preparedness

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Environmental and Emergency Preparedness
Hajra Takala
Benedictine University Professor, David Milen, Ph.D., MPH, MS, BA, AAS

Environmental health hazards refer to any threats to human health; an example of these hazards is disease-causing agents and chemical exposure. These hazards are closely associated with disasters and emergencies in a variety of ways (WHO, 2015).
The environmental and emergency preparedness is one of the main core duties of the department of public health (WHO, 2015). Emergency preparedness refers to people’s preparation for emerging health threats that will protect people from infectious, occupational, environmental, and terrorist threats (CDC, 2015). Another definition of emergency preparedness and response which is: the steps that should be taken to be safe when a disaster is happening. The kinds of disasters can natural, human-made or disease outbreak; natural disasters like hurricane, storms, and earthquakes, Human-made disasters like fires, explosions, chemicals and disease outbreaks such as Ebola. In this paper, four events will be discussed (WHO, 2015).
Flint water crisis:
It is a drinking water contamination in Flint, Michigan that started in April 2014. This occurred after Flint changed its water source from treated water that sourced from Detroit River and Lake Huron to the Flint River. A serious public health problem occurred due to lead contamination from Flint River source, and this is…
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