The Emergency Preparedness & Response Program prepares the health department to respond rapidly and effectively to natural and made disasters, including terrorism. It works closely with the City’s Emergency Planner. The EP&R program plans for the worst, exercises these plans to see if they can be carried out and makes adjustments and updates as necessary. EP&R us a comprehensive planning, and intelligence analyzation and monitoring program that works in concert with the Epidemiologist and communicable disease team, along with the Homeland Security Department, the Emergency Manager for the City of Hampton, Virginia, and other State and Federal agencies.
EP&R is constantly monitoring reports and situations from all over the local area, State of Virginia, and, in fact, the entire world, that may be of concern to the public’s health.
The EP&R program also works closely with State and local agencies to develop response plans for both natural (flooding and hurricanes) and manmade threats such as chemical spills or intentional attacks as well as the intentional release of a biological agent. Plans have been made, or are in the process of being completed, to provide a rapid response with healthcare, including the following:
Pre and post hurricane
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Plans are also in place to request enough medical supplies for our entire health districts and outlying cities, to be in place within 12 hours, more than enough time to ensure timely and proper treatment.
EP&R is available for any questions you may have regarding Bioterrorism events.