Public health emergency preparedness involves planning and implementing programs to rapidly detect, investigate and control several threats that may endanger the health of the public. These threats include emerging infectious diseases, disease outbreaks, pandemics, chemical or radiological exposures, and bioterrorism. The Boone 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
Public Health Departments play critical roles in preparing for and responding to health disasters. Examples of the roles they play include the following:
- Facilitating Health Disaster Response Planning in communities (in partnership with emergency management agencies)
- Enhancing emergency preparedness and response skills of health care providers, public health professionals, and others
- Detecting and tracking diseases
- Investigating outbreaks
- Sending laboratory specimens to the state lab to be identified or confirm the cause of disease
- Accessing and administering medications or vaccines to prevent disease
- Offering guidance, support and coordination to health care providers and facilities
- Managing limited health resources for the public good
- Providing health information to the public
- Providing clinical guidance to providers and responders
The Boone County Health Department has become better prepared for disasters, mass terrorism response and pandemics. We train to learn about threats, such as (biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear weapons) and how to react so that we can take care of our community effectively. We also train to become better prepared for natural disaster, (storms, floods, drought), communicable disease outbreaks and pandemics.
The Boone County Health Department have partnerships with our local authorities, surrounding counties, and the WV State Health Department. We exercise scenarios to help us stay prepared and trained for a disastrous event.
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 Boone County Health Department.