Emergency Preparedness

“The North Central District Health Department would certainly be a crucial player in any response to a widespread communicable disease emergency, whether from a bio-terrorism attack or through natural causes “

The North Central District Health Department has been dealing with bio-terrorism preparedness and response related activities since shortly after the events of 9/11/2001, and have received funding to enhance our abilities to more rapidly identify and respond to the threat of bio-terrorism within the four county district of Henry, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties.

North Central District has developed a bio-terrorism preparedness plan with specific focus on enhancing our capacity for investigating various outbreaks, including those caused by certain diseases that could potentially be related to possible bio-terrorist activity.

If we ever suspect the possibility of bio-terrorist activity we will immediately communicate with other agencies. Bio-terrorism preparedness and response requires cross-departmental collaboration with multiple agencies at the local, regional, state, and even national levels.

Planned and ongoing local bio-terrorism preparedness activities addresses detection, surveillance, laboratory analysis, emergency response, treatment, and communication with the public. There is no doubt that the critical element in responding to a bio-terrorist attack is early detection and recognition. We are working with local, state, and federal officials to expand our surveillance systems to unusual or suspicious disease occurrences. Additionally, a rapid system to receive and pass information among physicians, other health care providers and health officials is being developed.

Additionally, specific information about the unusual disease that might be the result of a bio-terrorist attack have been distributed to local emergency rooms and to health care providers in our counties. Hopefully, we will never need to actually implement the response activities being developed. However, it is critical that we be well prepared. The North Central District Health Department is dedicated to continuing to fulfill our essential role in preparedness.

Emergency Box

Assemble the following items to create kits for use at home, the office, at school and/or in a vehicle:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3­ day supply for evacuation, 2­ week supply for home)
  • Food—non­perishable, easy­ to ­prepare items (3­ day supply for evacuation, 2­ week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery ­powered or hand­-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7­day supply) and medical items
  • Multi­purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two­way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags