Transportation and Public Health Preparedness:  A Focus on Rail Transportation



John Silvernail, MD, MPH
Director, Emergency Epidemiology Program
NYS Department of Health

Why Focus on Rail Transportation? Vast quantities of hazardous materials are moved by rail. Railroad service points may store large amounts of diesel fuel. Much of the railroad physical plant is unguarded and easily accessed. Much of our food travels by rail at some point. Commuter trains move large numbers of people to and from major cities daily. In many cases the railroad physical plant is located near vulnerable populations. The broadcast focuses on awareness level training of the high level risk, low frequency occurrence of rail transportation Public Health incidents.

Learning Objectives - The participant will be able to describe public health and emergency preparedness implications of:

  1. railroad healthcare 
  2. the railroad physical plant
  3. various types of railroad equipment
  4. both freight and passenger operations
  5. railroad special events

Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies

Domain I:
    1.1 Solve Problems Under Emergency Conditions
    1.4 Maintain situational awareness

Domain III:
    3.1 Contribute to a community HVA

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities

PHEP Capability: Community Preparedness

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