The Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Pima County Health Department is engaging in collaborative, community focused emergency health planning to address biological, chemical, radiological, or natural disaster events that result in public health threats or emergencies. The Pima County Health Department is working:
Even a small amount of preparation before an emergency can make a huge difference and can save lives. That is why the PCHD Office of Public Health Preparedness is doing its part. We are creating plans, practicing them, and conducting training to better protect the residents of Pima County.
Below you can find summarized versions of the plans the Office of Public Health Preparedness has developed and maintain in order to keep Pima County prepared for a public health emergency:
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recognized the Pima County Health Department for its ability to respond to public health emergencies. This recognition affirms that the Health Department has a comprehensive emergency response plan in place; staff is well-trained to execute the plan; and the plan is exercised and used during public health emergencies. To read the full statement regarding PPHR.
Preparedness is the key to saving lives in an emergency. Even the smallest amount of preparation can make a huge difference.
Being prepared has three steps: Being Informed, Making a Plan, and Making a Disaster Supply Kit.
FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO HELP YOUR FAMILY BE BETTER PREPARED:
Make a Plan
There are well-developed and well-rehearsed emergency response plans at all levels of government. At the core of this effort is citizen preparedness. You and your family can plan, prepare, practice, and protect each other.
If a disaster strikes, relief workers may not be able to reach everyone immediately. You might be asked to evacuate your home or may need to "shelter-in-place." It is important that you and your family know what to do during different types of emergencies. By planning and practicing, you and your family will be more prepared if an emergency occurs. Planning Guides and additional information are at: www.Ready.gov
Once you are informed about the potential emergencies in Pima County, your next step is to make a plan to deal with each emergency. Remember that it is not necessary to make one plan for each kind of emergency. One or two well thought out plans can generally be effective during any situation.
Remember communications. During a crisis, you will want to know where your loved ones are, and if they are safe. Be sure to include several ways to contact the people who are important to you. An out of town family contact may be helpful if the utilities in your area are damaged.
Members of your household may have specific planning considerations such as:
Essential medical items ALL households want to consider having:
Making a Disaster Supply Kit
The Health Department recommends you have an Emergency Supply Kit: An emergency may interfere with normal supplies of food, water, heat, and other necessities. Keep a stock of emergency supplies on hand that will last for at least 3 days.
Update your kit regularly.
Contents of an Emergency Supply Kit can be found at: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/buildakit.html.
When an emergency strikes, you may not have time to gather all the necessary supplies. Making an emergency kit ahead of time can make all the difference. An emergency supply kit should include items to help you survive an emergency for several days. Things you take for granted every day may become extremely valuable to you during a crisis.
Widespread flu or infectious disease outbreak, monsoon flooding, power outages, and fire are all types of major events that may affect your daily routine.
Events such as these could impact your workplace and your personal business operations. Fluctuations in personnel, inventory, and potential power disruption are just some of the possible scenarios you will need to consider.
But how can businesses plan for widespread Flu? Below are online tools, checklists, and guides that will help you become more knowledgeable about business preparedness.
Taking a few moments to read this material, NOW, may make a big difference in how you or your employer manage the unexpected if it occurs in Pima County.
Widespread flu or infectious disease outbreak, monsoon flooding, power outages, and fire are common types of major events that may affect your daily routine.
Schools are the heart of a neighborhood and emergency events may impact whether or not our children attend school. Do you have a plan for how to take care of your children, if their school or daycare operation is affected?
A few moments now, a few extra items you put aside at home and special discussions you have now with your family, neighbors, co-workers, and local community may make a big difference if the unexpected occurs in Pima County.
School and care giver resources
School resources for planning for Pandemic Flu or widespread infections disease outbreak
3950 S. Country Club Road, Ste. 100
Tucson, AZ 85714
Phone: (520) 243-7909