ATSDR Support to COVID-19, Natural Disasters, & Other Responses

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During Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, ATSDR Emergency Management (EM) was involved in 148 activities, mostly unrelated to the COVID-19 response. Of these events, 12 were acute emergency response. In addition to the response work, EM engaged in 51 preparedness activities, including three actions related to ATSDR’s role as the representative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the National Response Team (NRT) established under the National Contingency Plan for Oil and Hazardous Substances (NCP; 40 CFR 300). EM often partnered with other ATSDR offices, such as the Office of Community Health Hazard Assessment (OCHHA), Office of Innovation and Analytics (OIA), and Office of Capacity Development and Applied Prevention Science (OCDAPS), and experts from the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) to support these activities. Some highlights of these activities are described below.