The Riley County Health Department works behind the scenes to monitor the health of our community and to be prepared for public health emergencies. Whether the hazard is pandemic influenza, tornado, flood, or mass panic, the Riley County Health Department participates in planning for the worst so you may be at your best!
What are Public Health Emergencies?
Public health threats are ever-present in our everyday lives. Whether caused by natural, accidental, or intentional means, these threats can greatly expand into much larger incidents affecting our community in disastrous ways. For this, actions to prevent, respond, mitigate, and rapidly recover from public health threats are critical for aiding our community’s resilience to disaster.
Common incidents we prepare for and respond to are the following:
Natural Disasters and Severe Weather
Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Hazardous Material Releases
How do we prepare for public health emergencies?
Attend and provide input within Local Emergency Planning Committee Meetings within Riley County and also within regional healthcare meetings
Participate in ongoing biosurveillance and epidemiological investigation
Aid community resilience in providing for community preparedness and recovery considerations
Mitigate health and safety issues by dispensing medical countermeasures and responding to public health emergencies
Provide the public with emergency information and warnings
Participate in trainings, drills, and exercises to test and improve our capabilities for planning and response
How can YOU help us help you?
Regardless of the source of public health threats, the best way for you to protect the health of your friends and family, your community, and of yourself is to endeavor to be prepared yourself. Personal preparedness takes a variety of forms, whether it be creating your own disaster supply kit (home, work, travel, all of the above), planning for emergency communication and coordinating evacuation with family members, or just improving your daily situational awareness.
The bottom line is: the world does not wait for us to be prepared. Recent disasters have shown that the occurrences of incidents are often hard to predict, and their frequency is more often than any of us would like to admit. What will you need to survive the worst?