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Emergency Responders


Emergency Responders This section provides information to persons who respond to or oversee emergency events involving chemicals, radioactive materials, or both. The emergency response program provides technical assistance on managing field and medical responses to acute releases of hazardous substances. Also, it provides consultations for contingency planning, decontamination issues, evacuation and reentry, sampling plans, worker health and safety, and other relevant issues.


Resources for Emergency Responders

  • Managing Hazardous Materials Incidents (MHMIs)
    • What is the managing hazardous material incidents (MHMI) series?

      The MHMI series is a three volume set (with a video) comprised of recommendations for on-scene (pre-hospital), and hospital medical management of patients exposed during a hazardous materials incident.

  • Action Levels
    • Guidance for action levels in the instance of elemental or metallic mercury releases or spills. The action level guidelines are based on the ATSDR Chronic Minimal Risk Level and the EPA Reference Concentration.
  • Medical Management Guidelines (MMG) for Acute Chemical Exposure
    • Medical Management Guideline (MMG) for Acute Chemical Exposure Publication intended to aid emergency department physicians and other emergency healthcare professionals who manage acute exposures.
  • ToxZine
    • Summary of health effects, exposure, and recommendations in an easy-to-read magazine format.

  • How do I contact ATSDR?

    Further information can be obtained by contacting the ATSDR Information Center at:

    Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences
    1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop F-57
    Atlanta, GA 30333
    Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO 888-232-6348 (TTY)
    Email: Contact CDC-INFO

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