Public health emergency preparedness involves planning and implementing programs to rapidly detect, investigate and control a number of threats that may endanger the health of the public. These threats include emerging infectious diseases, disease outbreaks, pandemics, chemical or radiological exposures, and bioterrorism. Jefferson County Health Department is working with medical and emergency response partners at the local, state, and federal level to ensure the most effective response to public health threats.
Be Prepared, Be Informed
The Jefferson County Health Department has become more aware of and better prepared for disasters, mass terrorism response and pandemics. The health department has become better prepared for a possible attack by WMD (weapons of mass destruction), including biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear weapons. The health department has also become better prepared for natural disasters, (storms, floods, drought and long term power outages) and large communicable disease outbreaks and pandemics.
On the local level, the Jefferson County Health Department has been directed by the WV State Health Department to plan for and be able to respond to a biological attack (bioterrorism), and to integrate the response with that of the Local Office Of Emergency Services, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, and the local Emergency Planning Committee as well as the surrounding states and jurisdictions.
In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the health department as well as all local emergency services, will need as much volunteer help as possible. If you are interested in helping in any way, log onto wvredi.org and register.
Preparedness for public health emergencies is a priority for the Jefferson County Health Department. To help you better understand and plan for public health emergencies, we have provided the following information on our web site.
- Home Disaster Kit
- Pandemic Flu
- Bioterrorism Agents & FAQ