Now Accepting Applications for the WASH Emergency Preparedness and Response Workgroup

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is currently accepting applications for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Emergency Preparedness and Response Workgroup.

In the event of a hurricane, flood, chemical spill, or water contamination, clean and safe water may be unavailable and fail to meet drinking, sanitation, and hygiene needs. Community drinking water supplies may be disrupted and private wells contaminated. Onsite and community wastewater systems may be damaged. Complex emergencies and outbreaks associated with drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene trigger emergency responses because of their potential for causing community‐wide outbreaks and disruption.

Recent events have illustrated the significance of WASH-related emergency preparedness. Local Health Departments (LHDs) are often called to respond to WASH emergencies in their community and consequently need to have access to the appropriate tools to prepare for and timely respond to these complex events.

In order to advance WASH emergency preparedness and response among LHDs, NACCHO is currently accepting applications from LHDs staff (including but not limited to professionals from Infectious Disease, Environmental Health and Public Health Preparedness) that have responded to a WASH emergency in the last five years, to join the WASH Emergency Preparedness and Response Workgroup for the 2018 calendar year.

The workgroup will provide participants with the opportunity to connect with peers from LHDs across the country to share their experiences preparing for and responding to WASH emergencies, identify common challenges in responding to WASH emergencies, share resources and tools used in WASH emergency response and evaluate how existing tools can be improved to better equip health departments.

If selected to participate in the WASH Workgroup, participants will commit to the following activities:

  1. Dedicate approximately two hours a month to discuss your WASH Emergency Preparedness and Response experience with your workgroup peers, either via conference call or online through NACCHO’s Virtual Communities website.
  2. Participate in an in-person meeting at NACCHO’s 2018 Preparedness Summit(Note: A limited number of travel scholarships will be available based on need).

The application is now open until Nov. 15, 2017. To complete the application, please click here.

For more information about the workgroup or questions related to the application process, please contact Bridget Kerner at bkerner@naccho.org.

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