- The Importance of Evidence-Based Disasters Planning (PDF, 496 KB) - This article examines several common assumptions about disasters, compares them with research findings, and discusses the implications for planning.
- Note: This article represents the opinions of the author and not necessarily the policies or positions of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Common Misconceptions about Disasters: Panic, the Disaster Syndrome, and Looting (PDF, 900 KB) - This book chapter identifies some of the more common misconceptions about the publics response to disaster and presents information from systematic studies of actual disasters.
- Note: This paper represents the opinions of the author and not necessarily the policies or positions of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- The Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors - an all-hazards reference tool for health professionals who are responsible for initiating the public health response during the first 24 hours (i.e., the acute phase) of an emergency or disaster.
- Chemical Terrorism - ATSDR's Role in the Response to Chemical Terrorism - Since the September 11 attacks, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has worked with other federal agencies, state and local health departments, and other organizations to respond to the enormous challenges of this tragedy.
- Chemical Agents - Links to information about chemical agents arranged alphabetically or by category.
- Managing Hazardous Material Incidents (MHMI) - The MHMI series is a three volume guide available on CD-ROM and in print (the CD-ROM version has an associated streaming video). The set contains recommendations for on-scene (prehospital), and hospital medical management of patients exposed during a hazardous materials incident.
- Medical Management Guidelines for Acute Chemical Exposures- to aid emergency department physicians and other emergency healthcare professionals who manage acute exposures resulting from chemical incidents.
- HazMat Emergency Preparedness Training and Tools for Responders - services are available as resources allow.
Emergency Response at ATSDR
ATSDR Emergency Response Teams are available 24 hours a day, and are comprised of toxicologists, physicians, and other scientists available to assist during an emergency involving hazardous substances in the environment.