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.
Understanding hurricane terms will help to know how severe a storm is expected to be:
Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on the predicted wind speed and the potential to cause damage:
|Category One||Winds 74-95 mph|
|Category Two||Winds 96-110 mph|
|Category Three||Winds 111-129 mph|
|Category Four||Winds 130-156 mph|
|Category Five||Winds more than 157 mph|
Hurricane Warning: A hurricane warning is issued when a hurricane with sustained winds of 74 mph or higher is expected. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
Hurricane Watch: A hurricane watch is issued when storm conditions appear possible in the warning area within the next 48 hours. The hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.
Find out how you can prepare before a hurricane, and what to do during and after the storm, by visiting the VDH Hurricane Safety page.
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.
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.
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.