Office of Emergency Preparedness

The West Piedmont Health District Office of Emergency Preparedness program coordinates the response of the local health departments to any public health emergency through preparation, collaboration, education and rapid intervention.  We work with local, regional and state emergency response partners to enhance readiness and response to bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health emergencies.  Some response measures include, monitoring and surveillance of all reportable communicable diseases and investigation of disease outbreaks within the community; dispensing of medication and immunization to limit disease transmission.

The West Piedmont Health District Office of Emergency Preparedness consists of the Emergency Planner and Epidemiologist.

District Planner – Chris Garrett

District Epidemiologist – Sharon Ortiz-García

You may go to http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc to apply to the Medical Reserve Corps.

For severe weather preparedness information go to www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/public-relations-contacts/severe-weather-preparedness/.

For winter weather preparedness information go to www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/public-relations-contacts/winter-weather-preparedness/.