What we’re about
The Public Health Emergency Response Department coordinates planning and program development through local, state and federal agencies to protect the public health of the citizens and visitors in our area. The health and safety of the district’s residents is our primary concern with we are planning for a public health emergency.
The Public Health Emergency Response Department works closely with other community agencies such as; Hospitals, Law enforcement, Emergency Management, Red Cross, United Way, private businesses, schools and the faith community. In the event of a public health emergency, most of these agencies will need to be involved to protect and restore the health of the community. The department has plans for mass dispensing clinics if needed to vaccine or provide medications to a large number of individuals quickly.
The department is always taking information on new volunteers to assist in protecting our community. These everyday heroes are needed in all areas to include those with current or past medical training, mental health counseling skills, CDL licenses, law enforcement, childcare skills, interpreters and those who have experience in working with special populations such as seniors or individuals with disabilities. No special skills are required to become a volunteer.
To learn more or to be a volunteer, visit Volunteer Disaster Resource Center.
In a severe public health threat, the department would use public health measures such as quarantine, isolation and social distancing to control an event. The ongoing goal of the office is to continuously update our preparedness plans to make them more comprehensive and community centered.
- Provide education and training for the community and public health volunteers on a wide variety of topics.
- Services are available free of charge.
- Servicios están disponibles en español.
One of the best ways for a community to prepare for an emergency is for each citizen to be prepared. By taking responsibility assures you and your family’s safety in the event of a public health emergency in which food and non-perishable are in short supply.
The brochures below will help you prepare for any type of emergency.
- Emergency Preparedness (English)
- Emergency Preparedness (Spanish)
- Home Safety Checklist
- Be Red Cross Ready
For more Information on Public Health Emergency Response call or email
Phone: 402-563-9656 xt. 227
Email: Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator