Emergency Preparedness Is Everyone’s Job
Public health preparedness is: assessing and helping to improve the community’s ability to prepare for and respond to a public health emergency.
Public health emergencies can be:
- Extreme weather
- Natural disasters including fires, flooding
- Biological agents
- Chemical agents
- Nuclear agents
In the past 10 years, NJACCHO Members and the Public Health Community have prepared and responded to a number of events, including: H1N1 Flu, SuperStorm Sandy response, Ebola testing and monitoring and Zika testing and monitoring.
Public Health Preparedness utilizes the phases of emergency management when preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a public health emergency. We are always searching for ways to reduce the occurrence of such emergencies, and when we cannot prevent them from happening, to reduce their impact. Mitigation, or prevention, includes actions that reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from a hazardous event and decrease the need for response. Preparedness includes plans and preparations made to save lives and property and to facilitate response operations. Response includes actions taken to provide emergency assistance, save lives, minimize property damage, and speed recovery immediately following an emergency. Recovery includes actions taken to return to normal or improved operating conditions following an emergency.