Florida county health department, environmental health 2006 survey: do rural counties know "what to do' in a chemical or all-hazards event? Academic Article uri icon


  • The objective of the study described here was to determine basic plans and collaboration with first responder stakeholders and to identify perceived roles and responsibilities in preparing for and responding to a chemical disaster. A survey was developed and provided to environmental health personnel at county health departments (CHDs) in Florida. Most of the counties had good collaborative relationships with first responder stakeholders. A little more than half of the respondents had access to a resource manual with contact information and had developed and maintained a chemical plan. Rural counties were less likely to know "what to do" or their responsibility in a chemical disaster; however, both rural and nonrural counties were equally likely not to have a written plan. Public health agencies at the local CHD must be the communicators of public health messages in coordination with the incident commander and the state communications office in a chemical disaster, so it is important to strengthen collaboration and cooperation with chemical response stakeholders.

published proceedings

  • J Environ Health

author list (cited authors)

  • Becker, A., Suther, S., Dutton, M., Kearney, G. D., & Xu, X.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Becker, Alan||Suther, Sandra||Dutton, Matthew||Kearney, Gregory D||Xu, Xiaohui

publication date

  • January 2015