8/30/2012 11:45 AM

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Mission:

 

Stokes County Health Department/Stokes Family Health Department plays a vital role in planning, preparing, and responding to public health emergencies; such as pandemic flu, food-based illness, natural disasters, hazardous release, or terrorism.

 

The mission of the Public Health Preparedness and Response within the Health Department is to protect the health and safety of residents in Stokes County by establishing strategic goals:

 

· Focus on the full circle of hazards, attacks, and disasters

 

· Prevent, reduce threats, and assess weakness while indentifying risks

 

· Develop long-term recovery mitigation plans with state and local resources

 

· Provide education outreach for the community in ways to protect their health and prepare for emergencies

 

· Understanding preparedness is a continuous process involving efforts at all levels

 

· Strengthen the collaboration between medical and public health professionals, emergency management, law enforcement, and private organizations

 

· Maintain open communication channels with health care providers, hospitals, law enforcement, emergency response personnel and other health departments to ensure rapid dissemination of information

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