A disaster brought about through atomic or bacteriological warfare will create stupendous environmental sanitation problems of which food control will be only a smaller part. The food problem in the disaster area may be dealt with from three points of view:

  1. Contamination (radioactive, sewage, glass and debris) :

  2. Processing problems caused by disruption of water supply and power; and

  3. Mass feeding (not only in the disaster area but also in evacuation areas).

A comprehensive emergency plan for a large metropolitan area is presented which is based largely on prior training and instruction of the sanitarian.

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*Presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Milk and Food Sanitarians, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 18-20-1952.

Mr. Jerome Trichter is the Assistant Commissioner of Health in charge of Environmental Sanitation in the New York City Department of Health, and he has been associated with this Department for the past twenty-two years.

As part of his major work in environmental sanitation, Mr. Trichter has always manifested the keenest interest in the problems involved in milk control. The recent developments in the industry and their effect on the production and handling of milk have been his particular concern. In this connection, he was recently appointed by the New York State Commissioner of Health as a member of the Committee to Study Pipe Line Milkers.