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California Wildfires Declared Public Health Emergency

Posted by on October 16th, 2017 Posted in: Emergency Preparedness, NLM Products, Public Health


Following President Trump’s major disaster declaration for California, Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric D. Hargan has declared a public health emergency in California due to wildfires burning across ten Northern California counties and threatening the lives of tens of thousands of people. A public health emergency declaration extends to HHS a variety of legal actions to assist in response efforts, including waiving or modifying certain Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule requirements. The public health emergency declaration is effective retroactively to October 8.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has compiled resources to assist with response and and recovery from the California wildfires. Information guides on disaster topics and the Disaster Lit® database provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations.

Key National Resources

Key California Resources

Key Documents

Hashtag: @CAWildfires

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Alan Carr is the Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, based at UCLA.

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