The Public Health Emergency Preparedness program at the Washington County Health Department is funded by the the Center for Disease Control and Prevention through the Ohio Department of Health . The goal of the Preparedness program is to address bio-terrorism, infectious disease outbreak, and other public health threats at the county and regional public health levels. The goals of the Washington County Health Department are:
Washington County Health Department maintains local and regional All-Hazards Emergency Response plans focused on protecting the public's health. The plans address, Medical Countermeasure Dispensing, Public Education/Information, and Continuity of Operations (maintaining services during a disaster). Health Department plans are modeled after the National Response Framework authored by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Our All-Hazards Emergency Response plan structure is based on the National Incident Management System (NIMS), a command structure that provides a consistent framework for incident management at all jurisdictional levels, regardless of the cause, size, or complexity of the incident.
Guidance from CDC, the Ohio Department of Health, and Ohio EMA is used in preparing these plans. The Basic Plan is availible for review and comment please contact our local planner Angela Lowry at 740-374-2782 x 1030 or firstname.lastname@example.org For the Regional plan contact Betty King 740-374-2782 x 1013 or email@example.com
To assure readiness, the Health Department also maintains a local and regional training plan. Once trained, staff and community volunteers are required to participate in the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program. The Health Department participates with other county health departments, the Ohio Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies to test their systems during an event.
Health Department operations will be altered during an emergency or disaster. The scope of change will depend upon the type of emergency. Specific training has been developed and utilized to teach staff and volunteers the roles they may need to fulfill during an emergency. The Health Department is continually working to train staff, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteers with the most up to date information on how to respond during a emergency.
In a large-scale emergency, volunteers may be needed to assist the health department in keeping Washington County residents safe and healthy. The Medical Reserve Corps is enrolling those willing to help. Medical and non-medical volunteers are needed.
Contact Anglea Lowry &40-374-2782 if you are interested in the Medical Reserve Corps, CERT or volunteer training.