Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER)

The Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) course is a 32-hour (four-day) awareness (introductory) level training that provides an overview of environmental health topics, issues, and challenges faced before, during, and after emergency response. Developed and delivered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and other federal, state, and local partners, the purpose of the course is to increase the level of emergency preparedness among environmental health professionals and other response personnel by providing them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to address the environmental health impacts of emergencies and disasters.

The four day EHTER course was delivered in Massachusetts in 2012. For those who missed it, there are additional opportunities to view or attend the course.

  1. All 10 EHTER modules are taped and available for viewing on the NEHA website (free but requires registration).
  2. Local and state health officials can apply to FEMA, Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) for an all-expense paid trip to Anniston, AL to take the 10 module EHTER course—offered multiple times/year.
  3. CDC offers EHTER, or modified versions, routinely as part of the annual NEHA conference (AEC).

CDC has plans for additional educational efforts related to emergency preparedness and environmental health training. These include:

  1. Converting the current 10 module EHTER course into an interactive online platform. The course is expected to be free and charge and available from the Emergency Management Institute.
  2. Developing a multi-day day operational EHTER course (Level 2) which will be offered by FEMA CDP.
  3. Developing an advanced management EHTER course (Level 3) which will also be offered by FEMA CDP.

Below are a variety of course materials and additional training resources from 2012.

Course Manual SlidesPicture10

Introduction and Overview
Disaster Management
Responder Safety and Health
Potable Water
Food Safety
Wastewater Design
Building AssessmentsVector Control
Solid Waste and Debris
SheltersRadiation and Environmental Health Response
MA Radiation Control Program

Course Resources (listed by module title)Picture2

Building Assessment
Disaster Management
Food Safety
Potable Water
Radiation and EH Response
Solid Waste and Debris

Supplemental Training Materials

Emergency Handbook for Food Managers
– Additional Guides for Food Managers

Emergency Preparedness and Response Fundamentals & Putting Principles into Practice

Disaster Strikes – Environmental Health Responds: Stories from the Field

Hurricane Katrina: A Special Report Series by MCEER
– available for purchase
Managing Disaster Debris by MassDEP

Westborough Disaster Debris Plan

Special thanks to the Lead Instructors

Martin A. Kalis, MA
Public Health Advisor
Environmental Health Services Branch
Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tim Hatch, MPA, REHS
Environmental Program Director
Center for Emergency Preparedness
Alabama Department of Public Health

James M. Smith, PhD
Scimetrika, Radiation Studies Branch
Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Additional Training Opportunities from FEMA

Center for Domestic Preparedness
Emergency Management Institute