Hurricane Response Hub

Building disaster-related public health capacity to enhance environmental and occupational health recovery efforts nationwide.

“Together we can reduce morbidity and mortality by eliminating environmental and occupational exposures during and after hurricane events.” – Vincent Lafronza, president and CEO, NNPHI.

Our Work

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Hurricane Response Hub (HRH) initiative is designed to enhance disaster surveillance in addition to environmental and occupational health recovery efforts in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria by building disaster-related public health workforce capacity.

The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) at NNPHI will coordinate efforts across five jurisdictions led by member institutes that will serve as technical assistance centers for the project:

  • Florida – Florida Institute for Health Innovation
  • Georgia – The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
  • Louisiana – Louisiana Public Health Institute
  • Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico Public Health Trust
  • Texas – Texas Health Institute

These technical assistance centers will serve as the coordinating body within each jurisdiction, working with a range of state and regional partners to lead public health workforce capacity building activities in disaster-related surveillance, environmental, and occupational health needs, including:

  • Fulfilling technical assistance requests
  • Providing resources and educational materials
  • Training the workforce in disaster-related environmental and occupational health recovery needs
  • Addressing surveillance for morbidity and mortality from disaster-related environmental and occupational health exposures
  • Improving the capacity of public health information sharing on disaster-related environmental and occupational health issues.

The training and resources developed through this initiative will also help public health institutes, emergency management, government entities, and other organizations build workforce capacity and institutional knowledge that improves disaster-related recovery in the future.

Contact Us

Individuals and organizations leading or supporting disaster-related recovery based in 2017 Hurricane impacted jurisdictions can learn more and access training and technical assistance by contacting us.

Submit a Technical Assistance Request

The Hurricane Response Hub is committed to providing customized technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and agencies recovering from the effects of 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The goal is to enhance existing disaster-related morbidity and mortality surveillance, environmental health, and occupational health recovery initiatives through workforce capacity building activities such as providing training, resources, and educational tools. To request technical assistance from one of the Hurricane Response Hub Technical Assistance Centers (HRHTAC), please click on the button below. A representative from an HRHTAC will contact you within 2 business days.

The following is a menu of technical assistance services and topics that the Hurricane Response Hub Technical Assistance Centers can provide their jurisdiction:

  • TA Services
    • Email discussions: HRHTACs will fulfill straightforward technical assistance requests via email. For example, a TA request for a fact sheet on best practices for mold remediation will be answered by email with the requested resources supplied as an attachment.
    • Phone consultations: HRHTACs may fulfill more complex requests over the phone. This may include phone conferences with multiple individuals or organizations.
    • Facilitating connections to people, organizations, or resources:  As the go-to for hurricane related resources and training for their jurisdiction, HRHTACs may fulfill TA requests by facilitating introductions to individuals, organizations, or other existing resources.
    • Training and educational opportunities: Each HRHTAC will provide access to relevant training and educational opportunities for their jurisdiction on their website.
  • Topics
    • Disaster-related morbidity and mortality surveillance tools and training
    • Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) toolkit
    • Disaster epidemiology methods
    • Environmental health: air safety, water safety, vector control, mold, chemical hazards, carbon monoxide, etc.
    • Occupational health: responder safety, trauma and wellness support, protective equipment, electrical safety, clean-up procedures, etc.
    • Communicating about environmental and occupational health hazards

Submit Technical Assistance Requests Here

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