Natural or man-made disasters can occur at any time. Environmental health staff have the primary responsibility for the "health" of a community following a disaster. The Iowa Environmental Health Response Team (EHRT) is a 20 member volunteer team comprised of local and state environmental health specialists. The purpose of the EHRT is to provide environmental health services, assessments, technical assistance, and support to disrupted or overburdened local environmental health agencies. The Iowa EHRT provides basic services such as private/public water supplies, waste water treatment, vector control, food safety, air quality, solid waste, shelter/general sanitation, and any other common environmental health services that need to be reestablished.
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