OEHHA's Highlighted Emergency Response Activities
REPORT CHEMICAL SPILLS: (800) 852-7550
If you believe that you have been exposed to a hazardous chemical, or if you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
OEHHA's Emergency Function:
To provide emergency personnel with information on the health effects of chemical agents and characterizing the risk to the public and environment from chemical releases
Emergency Response Reports
Wild Fire Smoke - A Guide for Public Health Officials is designed to help local public health officials prepare for smoke events, take measures to protect the public when smoke is present, and communicate with the public about wildfire smoke and health. The guide focuses on the composition of smoke, potential health effects, effects on sensitive populations, and recommendations for protective measures. The Guide was originally written by OEHHA, CDPH, US EPA, and the Montana Health Department. This 2016 version has been updated with the assistance and expertise from a number of federal and state agencies.
This report summarizes safe methods of ash cleanup. All persons accessing burned structures should be aware of the hazards associated with those sites. Cleanup efforts may expose you to ash, soot, and fire decomposition products that may cause irritation and other health effects. Any ash may contain small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals.
On March 15, 2007, a wooden train trestle caught fire northeast of downtown Sacramento, California. The trestle, largely constructed of creosote-treated wood ties and structural beams, continued to burn uncontained for 48 hours.
This report discusses the public health impacts from the Sacramento Trestle Fire and provides an analysis of air quality data.
This 2002 report identifies the major chemical constituents of smoke from burning tires, the toxicity of those chemicals, and the potential effects on human health.
OEHHA is required to evaluate the potential public health risks associated with seafood consumption following oil spills into California waters.
Additional Resources for Emergency Information:
- American Red Cross
- California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
- California Department of Public Health - Office of Emergency Preparedness
- California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
- California Poison Control System
- Center for Disease Control Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- InciWeb - California Incident Information System
- National Interagency Fire Center
- Pesticide Illness Surveillance (pesticide illness reporting)
- USDA Active Fire Mapping Project
- Weather Ready Nation (NOAA)
For questions regarding OEHHA's Emergency Response Program please contact: Emergency@oehha.ca.gov