Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

During power outages after hurricanes/typhoons, major flooding or other extreme weather events, residents can be at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning if portable generators are not properly used. CO is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause sudden illness or death. CO poisoning typically occurs from breathing in too much carbon monoxide when fossil fuels are burned. Symptoms feel flu-like and include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. Longer hazardous exposure can result in loss of consciousness, arrhythmias, seizures and death. Below are tools that can assist Environmental Health Professionals in informing the public on preventative measures to reduce exposure to carbon monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide Resources

How Close is Too Close for Portable Generators (VIDEO): National Institute of Standards and Technology- U.S. Department of Commerce

You Can Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure: CDC

CO Prevention Toolkit: National Public Health Information Coalition 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Flyers and Other Educational Materials CDC

Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer National Safety Council

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Factsheets:  CDC Multiple Languages









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Flooding Preparedness and Response for Private Water Systems

WEHA Fall Conference

2 and a half days of all EH fields/multiple breakout sessions: food, rec. programs, pools, lodging, emergency preparedness, vector control, etc.

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Kim Carlton, NEHA's Region 4 Vice-President, will represent NEHA at this conference.

California Wildfires: Emergency Preparedness and Resources

California Wildfires: Emergency Preparedness and Helpful Resources

Firefighters battling wildfire

Firefighters are battling a total of 17 fires ravaging throughout California, including the Mendocino Complex Fire. The blaze has nearly doubled in size, making it the largest in the state’s history.

Environmental Health professionals are critical to ensuring the best practices are implemented to ensure that everyone in California has access to clean air. NEHA pledges our support in assisting them in any way possible.

NEHA and its members are deeply concerned for the people of California whose lives have been severely impacted by the wildfires. We stand ready to help as the smoke creates unlivable conditions for many towns and cities in the surrounding areas.

We are committed to working closely with the California Environmental Health Association (CEHA) and other organizations as they struggle with the aftermath. Below are helpful resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, and California Department of Public Health. These resources were created to assist environmental health professionals with emergency preparedness after a wildfire or mass fire.

​Resources for Local Health Departments

Helicopter pours water over wildfire












Resources for the Public

Resources From NEHA's Journal of Environmental Health