Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR protects communities from harmful health effects related to exposure to natural and man-made hazardous substances. We do this by responding to environmental health emergencies; investigating emerging environmental health threats; conducting research on the health impacts of hazardous waste sites; and building capabilities of and providing actionable guidance to state and local health partners.

A flooded playground.

Planning for Disaster Recovery and Protecting Children’s Environmental Health
Each September, National Preparedness Month is observed to promote family and community disaster planning throughout the year.

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Page last reviewed: September 8, 2021