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Am J Public Health. 2007 Apr;97 Suppl 1:S73-81. Epub 2007 Apr 5.

The law and emergencies: surveillance for public health-related legal issues during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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Office of the Chief of Public Health Practice, Public Health Law Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga 30333, USA. rweiss@cdc.gov

Abstract

Law influenced every aspect of the public health response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, from evacuation orders, to waivers of medical licensing requirements, to the clean-up of public health threats on private property. We used public health surveillance of news reports to identify and characterize legal issues arising during the disaster response in 5 Gulf Coast states. Data collected from news reports of the events in real time were followed-up by interviews with selected state legal and emergency management officials. Our analysis indicates the value of surveillance during and after emergency responses in identifying public health-related legal issues and helps to inform the strengthening of legal preparedness frameworks for future disasters.

PMID:
17413083
PMCID:
PMC1855002
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2006.104240
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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