Flood Safety Tips


Take these important steps to reduce the harm caused by flooding. Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than any other hazard related to thunderstorms. The most common flood deaths occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. Fortunately, you can take steps to protect yourself, your family, and your home. Read More >

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“Super Cool” to Work for an Environmental Federal Public Health Agency

Tonia R. Burk, PhD

Celebrating 10 years with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Division of Community Health Investigations, Environmental Health Scientist Dr. Tonia Burk still finds her work as interesting and challenging as her first day on the job. Read More >

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CDC and AAPCC act fast to track, investigate, and report on outbreaks of poisoning and emerging environmental health threats

Did you know CDC works with poison centers to protect the nation from public health threats? Roughly every 8 minutes, call data from poison centers across the country are uploaded into a national reporting database called the National Poison Data System (NPDS). NPDS, managed by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), is an Read More >

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ATSDR’s Toxic Substances Portal


ATSDR’s Toxic Substances Web Portal makes it easy for researchers and individuals to find information about toxic chemicals, understand how these chemicals can affect health, and learn how to prevent exposure. Read More >

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Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

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Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults. Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, Read More >

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Tracking Groundwater in Maine

Location-specific data about arsenic in Maine wells from the Maine Tracking Network is used to tailor well water testing and safety messages and materials such as this promotional poster.

In Maine, more than half of all homes rely on private wells for drinking water. Many wells have levels of arsenic, uranium, or other chemicals that can cause serious health effects such as cancer or low birth weight. These contaminants can only be detected through laboratory testing. Private well owners are responsible for testing their Read More >

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Loud Noises Damage Hearing

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Loud noises can cause permanent hearing loss. And once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. Hearing loss is costly. The cost for the first year of hearing loss treatment in older adults is projected to increase more than 500% from $8 billion in 2002 to an estimated $51 billion in 2030. Hearing loss from Read More >

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