CDC disaster epidemiology resources for Hurricane Sandy response
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CDC disaster epidemiology resources for Hurricane Sandy response

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      November 1, 2012, 18:35 ET (6:35 PM ET)


      CDC disaster epidemiology resources for Hurricane Sandy response Hurricane Sandy made landfall as a post-tropical cyclone along the coast of southern New Jersey on Monday, October 29. In the wake of this landfall, natural hazards associated with the storm, such as high winds, heavy rains, dangerous storm surge and flash flooding, and snow and cold weather, continue to affect many areas.

      During a disaster, public health and emergency management professionals must be prepared to respond to and meet the needs of the affected public in a timely manner. Gathering health and basic needs information using valid statistical methods allows public health and emergency managers to prioritize their responses and to make informed decisions regarding the distribution of resources.

      Public health practitioners and emergency management officials can use CDC ’s rapid needs assessment toolkit, the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER), to determine the health status and basic needs of the affected community quickly. The toolkit can assist personnel from local, state, regional, and federal public health departments in conducting the CASPER during a disaster. The CASPER toolkit provides guidelines on data collection tool development, methodology, sample selection, training, data collection, analysis, and report writing.

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