MMDHD Emergency Preparedness
Funds have been awarded to the Michigan Department of Community Health each year since 2003 to enhance emergency preparedness. A portion of this funding is distributed to local health departments to develop programs and hire staff. The purpose of enhanced emergency preparedness efforts is to ensure that each agency in the state, including the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD), is as prepared as possible for any crisis situation. While bioterrorism events are rare, MMDHD must be ready with correct information and guidance for area residents if needed. Depending upon a given situation, it’s likely that every segment of the local population will have an important response role: police departments, hospitals, school leaders, health-care workers, emergency response personnel, and political leaders, as well as the citizens of Clinton, Gratiot and Montcalm counties. The key emergency preparedness capacities the health department focuses on include the following: Preparedness Planning, Readiness Assessment, Surveillance and Epidemiology Capacity, Communications and Information Technology, Risk Communication and Public Information, and Education and Training.
Some recent accomplishments in emergency preparedness at MMDHD include the development of:
- A comprehensive Public Health Emergency Response Plan.
- A local Smallpox Response Plan.
- A Pandemic Flu Response Plan.
- Development of a Risk Communication Plan.
- Enhancement of MMDHD’s disease surveillance and response system.
- Identification of and agreements with sites for local dispensing of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) (What is the SNS? Click it to find out)
- Development of a MMDHD Incident Command System (ICS) structure for use in training employees for their responsibilities during emergency situations
Emergency preparedness is an ongoing process, always being re-worked and improved upon. MMDHD has been proactive in this process, working to strengthen our capacity to respond to possible public health emergencies or crises, including bioterrorism and natural disasters. To learn more, please check out the following links: