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State Support

Environmental Health Officers are deployed either by their agency as a responsibility of their duty station or to support the needs of a state. Once a state has demonstrated they have exhausted their internal resources and assistance is not available from other states, resources can be requested and received from the federal government.

During a declared emergency, public health and medical assets are coordinated by the US Department of Health and Human Services, specifically the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). ASPR utilizes the Regional Emergency Coordinators to serve as the primary contact with the public health and medical state contact.

Environmental Health Officers can have a variety of roles during an incident or event. To document some of these capabilities, the subcommittee has developed the following Environmental Health Officer Deployment Pamphlet. Click here to view the pamphlet (PDF: 96 KB, 2 pages). This pamphlet briefly describes the roles EHOs play for support to state and local health agencies during deployments and emergency responses.