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Get to Know ELI

As you get started with the Emergency Law Inventory (ELI), there are a few important things to know.


  • ELI is not legal advice. If you have any questions about what a law means or how it impacts you, consult an attorney.
  • ELI does not interpret the law; rather, it simplifies the complex world of statutes and regulations by providing summaries of legal text.
  • While ELI summaries can help you understand which laws may be relevant, the law itself may not always provide a clear-cut answer to a question.
  • ELI includes laws enacted in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, 8 territories and freely associated states, and the federal government in five legal topics: liability, licensure, scope of practice, workers’ benefits, and protections from threats. See our areas of law page for more information about each legal topic. Although we tried to be as comprehensive as possible, we likely missed some relevant laws. If we did, let us know at
  • If you are having trouble using ELI, please make sure you have installed the most updated version of your browser. The ELI tool supports Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and IE 10 or higher. If you are having trouble using the tool, please try a different browser.


We hope you find ELI easy to use and helpful! Please email us at with comments, edits, and any other feedback.

NOTE: The content on this site is offered only as a public service and does not constitute solicitation or provision of legal advice. This site and this tool should not be used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. You should always consult a suitably qualified attorney regarding any specific legal problem or matter. This project was supported by contract number 2023-10170, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The contents of this site are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services, or NACCHO.