Poison Center's Role in Disaster Response



Speaker:†††††††† ††††††††††† Rebeca Gracia, PharmD, DABAT

Director, North Texas Poison Center, Dallas, TX




Level of Knowledge: Multi-Level



Disasters may create a vast array of problems and questions among the public, first responders, other health care professionals, and agencies. Poison Centers are available 24/7 to provide free access to vital information and treatment recommendations for exposures through the national 1-800-222-1222 number. Case information is documented and submitted to the American Association of Poison Control Centers and CDCís toxicosurveillance program. This nationwide Poison Center system is capable of collecting disaster-related data that may assist various agencies.


This presentation will highlight the utility of Poison Centers in disaster situations. Specific examples of Poison Center Disaster Response will be used to demonstrate response capacity, interagency involvement, toxicosurveillance, and data reporting capabilities. This presentation will describe the Poison Center structure and provide details regarding types of resources available to the public, first responders, healthcare professionals, and other agencies.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the Poison Center's role in disaster response
  2. Identify available Poison Center disaster resources
  3. Understand when and how to access Poison Center disaster resources