PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Public Health Emergency Preparedness is an important aspect of community health. Having the capacity to respond quickly and effectively in a public health emergency can save lives and minimize the effects of a public health threat. At the Carroll County Coalition for Public Health, we encourage each local community to understand and become involved in their safety and preparedness activities. 


PLANNING FOR YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY
We receive guidance directly from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on responding together effectively in the event of a public health threat. Threats can include the spread of infectious disease, environmental events, biochemical hazards, acts of terrorism, or natural disasters. Our regional leadership group called the Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) is made up of local public safety and public health leaders, who meet quarterly to review preparedness plans and conduct training exercises.


HOW WE HELP

  • Activate the Citzen Corps for volunteer help at an incident or eventRegularly meet with town leaders to assure Public Health response plans are current
  • Establish Point-of-Dispensing Sites (PODs) should mass-immunization be required
    Help local officials set up and conduct a Public Emergency Shelter if necessary.
    Conduct regional leadership meetings quarterly that bring agencies together and strengthen response
    Distribute Public Health advisories and publicize information about health threats
  • Support local officials during a Public Health emergency
  • Act as a conduit to the NH Department of Health and Human Services
  • Lead the multi-agency coordinating entity (MACE) which brings a coordination of advisors together                                                                during a regional Public Health emergency


HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Join the Citizen Corps
  • Practice hand washing and covering your cough in your elbow
  • Make sure you and your children have gotten your vaccinations including the seasonal flu shot
  • Make a preparedness kit for your home
  • Write and practice a family communications plan in case of an emergency

Contact Jeff Jones, our Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator, for more information. 

Emergency Preparedness CHIP Workgroup