Public Health Emergency Preparedness
- A natural disaster may result in contaminated drinking water, a food shortage or a displaced population that needs medications or emergency medical care for injuries.
- Chemical, biological and radiation emergencies, whether natural, accidental or the result of terrorist activities, will always affect the public’s health.
- Epidemics or pandemics, such as the spread of salmonella or an unknown strain of flu, will require a sustained response that focuses on meeting the social and health care needs of the region.
The SSCHC is working with emergency response and public safety officials, municipal agencies, health and human service organizations and schools to ensure that regional emergency planning and response efforts address the protection of public health to the fullest extent possible. These planning efforts increase the region’s capacity to respond to all public health emergencies, regardless of their origin.
For specific information about the SSCHC’s Public Health Preparedness Efforts, please click on any of the following topics: