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Advanced Practice Centers, Minnesota



The Twin Cities Metro APC has made unique contributions to the nation's preparedness by developing training material for environmental health professionals that address environmental health emergency preparedness, including development of a number of tools and resources for preparedness that can be used by public health departments nationwide.

Twin Cities Metro APC At-A-Glance:
  • Specializes in preparing environmental health professionals for a public health emergency
  • A partnership of Hennepin County, Saint Paul - Ramsey County, and the City of Minneapolis
  • Many tools are available in multiple languages, such as Hmong, Somali, and Vietnamese among others to address the needs of the Twin Cities Metro area
Featured APC Resource
Emergency Readiness for Food Workers

This trainer's guide offers food trainers a scripted, two-hour course on the fundamentals that will help food workers prevent or mitigate impacts to the safety of food and people in the panic of an emergency. The Emergency Handbook for Food Managers (NA100) serves as the basis for this training guide. The trainer guide is recommended for food manager certification renewal training. The Emergency Readiness for Food Workers - Trainer Guide addresses (1) how to stop the spread of food contamination for a range of emergency scenarios; (2) managing food in the Temperature Danger Zone when the power is out; (3) keeping food secure from tampering and terrorism; (4) personal safety and having an exit strategy in the event of an emergency; and (5) business recovery afterward.

How the Twin Cities APC is Addressing the APC Focus Areas:

Workforce development and training:

Disaster Strikes — EH Responds: Stories from the Field: For this training module, environmental health professionals from around the country shared how they dealt with actual disasters and emergencies.

Emergency Handbook for Food Managers: This manual was developed as a quick reference guide to provide step-by-step emergency information to food managers and other supervisory personnel at food service establishments.

Emergency Preparedness & Response Fundamentals: Training for Environmental Health Professionals: This web-based training course focuses on the role of environmental health professionals in emergency preparedness.

Emergency Readiness for Food Workers - Trainer Guide:  This trainer''s guide offers food trainers a scripted, two-hour course on the fundamentals that will help food workers prevent or mitigate impacts to the safety of food and people in the panic of an emergency.

Disease detection and investigation:

Food Safety & Security Self Audit Checklist: An essential tool for food managers, the self-audit checklist integrates food defense and emergency readiness into elements of food safety management that will reduce risks of unsafe practices, deliberate food tampering, uncertainty in emergencies, and food-borne illness outbreak.

Food Security Self-Inspection Checklist: This checklist provides environmental health professionals and food managers with the tools for routine food security and safety evaluation by food service establishments.

In An Emergency: Food Service Fact Sheets: Two fact sheets provide food managers and environmental health professionals with guides for emergency preparedness on recommended items to include in an emergency kit and making costly decisions after an emergency event.

Risk communication and public education:

In An Emergency: Salvage or Discard Fact Sheets: During an emergency, this single-page reference should be used to help decide whether to salvage or discard food, furnishings, and equipment during cleanup and recovery.

Environmental Health Emergency Response Guide: The document addresses 15 environmental health-related topics and is intended to provide quick access to information needed in the event of an emergency or disaster. It also describes potential roles for environmental health professionals during an incident.

Developing integrated communications and information systems:

Emergency & Community Health Outreach (ECHO): ECHO provides life-saving environmental and public health and safety information to the general public with limited English proficiency in languages they best understand.

For More Information, Contact the Twin Cities Metro APC:

Susan Palchick, PhD, MPH
1011 First Street South, Suite 215
Hopkins, MN 55343
Tel: (612) 543-5200
Fax: (952) 351-5222