The work of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program is to strengthen the Belmont County community’s ability to prepare and respond to public health emergencies. We do this by working with other agencies, developing and practicing plans of action, monitoring and responding to unusual occurrences of diseases, training staff to be prepared to take action to protect the health and safety of the residents of Belmont County and providing information on how to prepare and respond to an emergency. All of us face the possibility of natural disasters, accidents, power outages or intentional acts to disrupt our daily lives. We cannot control the weather or prevent disasters from happening, but there are steps you can take to minimize risks from known hazards. Planning now can help save lives later.
- Effectively and efficiently respond
- Ensure daily operations are efficient and accountable
- Meet established performance measure for planning and responding to all-hazards incidents
- Meet accountability and compliance requirements and measuring progress on performance measures
A Collaborative Approach
The PHEP program works internally with all the programs of the Belmont County Health Department, with other public health agencies, hospitals, emergency management agencies, private health care providers, fire departments, law enforcement, and other community agencies.
In Case of Public Health Emergency
First, keep calm and turn on your TV and radio for updates and emergency information that will be provided as quickly as possible. The Belmont County Health Department will be in contact with the Belmont County Emergency Operation Center and the Ohio Department Health to obtain supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile (The Strategic National Stockpile is a federally-maintained cache of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies that can be deployed to any location in the nation in response to a terrorist attack or other public health emergencies.) When we receive our supply, information will be made available to rapidly get the assets to the affected public.
Prepare a Kit
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days.
If you have any comments, questions, or would like to review the Emergency Response Plans, please contact Daniel Grady.