Public health threats are always present. Whether caused by natural, accidental, or intentional means, these threats can lead to the onset of public health incidents. Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from public health threats is critical for protecting and securing our communityís public health. To lessen the effects of all-hazard emergencies, the Putnam County Health Department (PCHD) is engaged in pre-planning and coordination with public sector agencies, such as with Putnam County Hospitalís Incident Management Team (IMT), the Putnam County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), and the Indiana Department of Health District 7 Public Health and Emergency Response Team. All staff members participate in National Incident Management System/Incident Command System (NIMS/ICS) trainings and exercises.
We are in the process of updating our Mas Prophylaxis Plan to a Medical Countermeasure Dispensing Plan per Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) requirements. We will also be working on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Preparedness Capabilities. Those capabilities include: Community Preparedness, Community Recovery, Emergency Operations Coordination, Emergency Public Information and Warning, Fatality Management, Information Sharing, Mass Care, Medical Countermeasure Dispensing, Medical Material Management and Distribution, Medical Surge, Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions, Public Health Laboratory Testing, Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation, Responder Safety and Health, and Volunteer Management.
What can you do?
Create an Emergency Communication Plan/ Family Emergency Plan, establish a meeting place, assemble a disaster supply kit, and stock up on food and water (see our Disaster Supply Calendar under links). Want to do more? Volunteer to help your community by getting involved with the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) or by registering on SERV-IN. For more information on SERV-IN and CERT see the links section.