Emergency Preparedness is a critical component of Public Health as hazards and pandemics of various kinds can surface without warning, regardless of geography or nationality.
Three Rivers Public Health is constantly training and preparing our community for any threat by employing a full time Emergency Response Coordinator and Disease Surveillance Coordinator, both of which are perpetually out in the field working with partners and community members to make sure we are as safe and prepared as we possibly can be.
Just some of the strategies and threats we address in our planning are:
- Early detection of disease
- Public risk communication with local, state & federal partners
- Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA)
- Environmental safety
- Quarantine and isolation policies & procedures
- Mass vaccination/dispensing of medical countermeasures
- Severe weather
- Pandemic Influenza
- Radiological event at the Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant
- Food born Hepatitis A
There are two federal grants that enable us to employ our Emergency Response Coordinator and Disease Surveillance Coordinator and allow them to plan and train on a full time basis.
These two grants are:
- Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Grant
- Bioterrorism (BT) Grant
The BT grant allows us to plan and prepare for all hazards that we may face while the CRI grant gives us the resources to plan and prepare for mass dispensing efforts. Our dispensing plans outline what is entailed to dispense prophylaxis to our entire community within a 48 hour window utilizing POD’s or Points Of Dispensing.
Three Rivers Public Health Department does all of this and more on a daily basis in an effort to better prepare, educate and protect our communities.