Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
FLINT, Mich. -- The capabilities of the federal government ramped up quickly following President Barack Obama’s emergency declaration on Jan. 16 to help state and local officials identify the size and scope of the problem caused by high levels of lead in the public water supply and to assist in developing and executing a plan to mitigate the short- and long-term health effects of lead exposure.
“Obviously we are concerned about the levels of lead found in the Flint water supply and the potential impact on the health and safety of the community,” said U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Nicole Lurie, who is coordinating the federal government’s assistance in the Flint response and recovery efforts. “We are drawing on programs and expertise from across the federal government to help the city and state find a solution the people of Flint can count on so that the community can begin to recover.”
Dr. Lurie traveled to Flint within days of being designated as the lead coordinator for the federal government response to the Flint water crisis to assess the situation on the ground first-hand. She returned to Flint last week to gauge progress of the response efforts to date.
To help the state in ensuring a safe water supply and provide immediate access to safe water:
To help the state address near-term physical and mental health needs of children, pregnant women and families potentially impacted by lead-contaminated water:
To assist the state, city and residents in understanding the potential impacts lead can have on health:
To support the state, city and residents in responding and recovering from the economic impact of this crisis:
Visit www.phe.gov/flint for more about protecting health from the effects of lead, Flint water testing, and the federal government’s actions to support the Flint response and recovery.
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