Natural Disasters

A growing threat to health and wellbeing is the frequency of extreme weather events and natural disasters. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires—many of these disasters are directly impacted by ongoing climate change, causing them to come more frequently and with greater severity.

While the course of nature isn’t preventable, public health departments help protect the public through participation in a rigorous emergency response network. ASTHO provides state and territorial public health agencies with tools and resources for emergency responses, adapting to emerging trends and concerns.

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