Health Department Role in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
The Talbot County Health Department’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) responsibilities are focused on community and individual preparedness and empowerment. The program develops, implements and monitors preparedness plans for mass dispensing of medication and vaccinations, survey's emergency communications, conducts professional workforce training, and facilitates and partakes in exercises and drills. The emergency preparedness division safeguard’s the public’s health and ensures a coordinated emergency response with community partners. TCHD develops and implements written plans for health and medical emergencies, ranging from weather events to industrial accidents, disease pandemics or acts of terrorism.
The PHEP staff is experienced in Emergency Preparedness, and consists of staff specialists in environmental health, disease control, nursing, incident command, and hazardous materials, among other topics. The PHEP is responsible for the coordination of all Health related responses to emergencies by efficiently mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from any natural, technological or manmade emergency or disaster, regardless of size or complexity, including acts of terrorism. TCHD also prepares emergency messages to communicate to the public, trains staff and volunteers in their emergency response roles and participates in exercises with partner agencies to maintain personal and community preparedness.
More information/useful links
Ready.gov : Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed
CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response
Main Phone Line: 410-819-5600
Emergency Preparedness line: 410-819-5668
After Hours Emergency Contact: 410-822-0095
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