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Registration of Individuals Displaced by the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (Pilot Project)—New—Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Background and Brief Description
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans, Louisiana, and became one of the most deadly and destructive storms in U.S. history. Also occurring in 2005, Hurricane Rita was the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the most intense tropical cyclone ever observed in the Gulf of Mexico. Following the initial phase of the response, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assumed the primary role for housing displaced persons over the intermediate term. To support those needing temporary housing, FEMA provided over 143,000 travel trailers, park homes, and mobile homes for persons displaced by the above mentioned storms. However, some persons living in trailers complained of an odor or of eye or respiratory tract irritation.
FEMA entered into an Interagency Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/ATSDR on August 16, 2007 to conduct a comprehensive public health assessment, based on objective and credible research, of air quality conditions present in FEMA housing units to guide FEMA policy makers and inform the public as to the actual conditions in the field and any actions required to better promote a safe and healthful environment for the disaster victims FEMA housed in the units. FEMA's agreement with the CDC includes an initial formaldehyde exposure assessment as well as a subsequent long-term study of the health effects among resident children. Formaldehyde testing conducted and evaluated by the CDC pursuant to the initial exposure assessment has identified the need to evaluate the feasibility of establishing a national registry to identify and monitor the health of disaster victims who occupied FEMA-provided temporary housing units. The establishment of such a registry would complement the long-term health effects study set forth in the FEMA-CDC Interagency Agreement.
The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility of contacting and enrolling members of the targeted group in a registry; to provide a basis for budgeting and further planning for a comprehensive registry; and to test the acceptance of and response to a questionnaire composed of standardized health questions related to systemic and respiratory symptoms.
A pre-registration dataset will be created before enrollment. This dataset will be populated with contact information of the study population, gathered from two main sources: FEMA datasets (in the case of occupants of temporary housing units) and data provided by self-identified individuals who were displaced by the hurricanes but did not live in the FEMA temporary trailers.
A computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) system based on a paper questionnaire will be used during all interviews to collect data for this project. The first part will consist of screening questions to determine eligibility for enrollment. The second part will contain contact information of the registrant and other household members, demographics, and health status questions, focusing on respiratory outcomes and cancer.
There will be two types of respondents included the registry: Temporary housing unit occupants and Non-temporary housing unit occupants. The three minute screening questionnaire will be administered to a total of 10,000 respondents (8,000 temporary housing unit occupants and 2,000 non-temporary housing unit occupants). Annualized over a two year period, 4,000 temporary housing unit respondents and 1,000 non-temporary housing unit respondents will be screened. The 45 minute main questionnaire will be administered to a total of 5,000 respondents (4,000 temporary housing unit occupants and 1,000 non-temporary housing unit occupants). Annualized over a two year period, 2,000 temporary housing unit occupants and 500 non-temporary housing unit occupants will complete the main questionnaire.
There are no costs to the respondents other than their time. The total estimated annual burden hours are 2,125.
|Respondents||Form||Number of respondents||Number of responses per respondent||Average burden per response (in hours)|
|Temporary housing unit occupant||Screening questionnaire||4,000||1||3/60|
|Non-Temporary housing unit occupant||Screening questionnaire||1,000||1||3/60|
Dated: December 8, 2009.
Maryam I. Daneshvar,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. E9-29754 Filed 12-14-09; 8:45 am]
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