Health information for floods, chemical spills, and recovery

Disaster Health Information


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This is our fourth update on Hurricane Harvey. You can find the first three here:


In addition to the record-breaking floods devastating coastal Texas, smoke was reported yesterday at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas. The extent of the damage remains unclear, but the National Library of Medicine is collecting resources to support response and recovery.

In this email:

  • Resources in Disaster Lit (updated daily)
  • Floods Health Information Guide
  • Tools for Responding to Chemical Spills
  • Tools for Cleanup and Recovery


Resources in Disaster Lit®

We have added several Harvey-specific resources to Disaster Lit:


Resources from other major storms:


Floods Health Information Guide

We have also recently updated our Floods health information guide with references from Disaster Lit and PubMed:


Disaster Lit (reports, webinars, training materials, guidelines, etc.):

PubMed (journal articles):


Tools for Responding to Chemical Spills

The National Library of Medicine has tools to aid response to hazardous materials incidents:

  • WISER ( Includes substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. WISER is available for download as a standalone application on Microsoft Windows PCs; as an app for iOS and Android; and via web browsers on mobile devices and computers ( Incorporates data from CHEMM (below).
  • CHEMM ( Includes quick chemical identification; patient care guidelines for triage, assessment, and treatment; medical countermeasures, and more. CHEMM is available for download for Windows or Mac ( in case internet connectivity is lost during an incident. CHEMM is incorporated into the WISER app (above).

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has tools to monitor air quality:

They also have a page dedicated to hurricane recovery:


Tools for Cleanup and Recovery

Disaster Recovery and Environmental Health Information Guide

Disaster Preparedness [app]
From National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS),
Note: only available for Android

Mold 101: Health & Safety App
From International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)