Emergency Preparedness & Response (EP&R) program coordinates Crater's response any public health emergency through preparation, collaboration, education and rapid intervention. It works closely with local, regional and state emergency response partners to enhance readiness and response to bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health emergencies.
In recent years, Americans have witnessed a series of mass trauma and casualty situations, from the 2012 Connecticut school shootings to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing to the 2015 Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia. Each one of these incidents underscores the need for broad public awareness of how, exactly, to respond in such situations.
Southside Regional Medical Center has partnered with Prince George Fire and EMS to promote life-saving skills to our community. In this FREE 2 ½ hour course, participants will learn the basic life-saving medical strategies, including bleeding control with a tourniquet, with gauze packs or topical agents, and opening an airway to allow a person to breathe.
The course is free, open to the public and will take place at 6500 Courthouse Rd, Prince George, VA. Space is limited. For questions or to register, call Prince George Fire & EMS Administration office at 804-722-8614. Click here to download the event flyer.
The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a force of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency. Medical and non-medical backgrounds needed.
Past CCHP meeting/workshop topics have included “Emergency Operations Plan: What Should Be in Yours?,” sheltering in-place, “Outbreaks in Long Term Care Facilities: Recognizing & Responding,” and communicating during an emergency.
Petersburg Home for Ladies practices POD response
During an public health emergency in which medication needs to be distributed to many people in a short time, the Health District may activate Points of Dispensing (POD) sites where people come to receive necessary medication for themselves and their family members. In such situations, long term care facilities might serve as closed PODs, where residents and staff can obtain medication (and thereby not overcrowd PODs open to the rest of the public). In collaboration with the Health District, Petersburg Home for Ladies practiced a closed POD response and distributed fake medication to its residents and staff in record time. This exercise may serve as a model for other facilities interested in being a closed POD during a public health emergency.
Ready Gov provides a wide variety of preparedness tips and plans.
Ready.Gov Family Emergency Plan
Plan for you and your family to fill in together so that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency
Ready.Gov Emergency Supplies Checklist
Checklist of supplies to have in your go-kit in case of an emergency.
National Weather Service
Enter your zip code and stay informed on current weather events.
CDC Emergency Preparedness
Preparedness guidance for public health emergencies.