Emergency Preparedness and Response
The Emergency Preparedness and Response program focuses on preparing for and responding to incidents that pose a substantial risk to the health of the people in Kittitas County. Public Health Emergencies may include:
The Emergency Preparedness and Response Program focuses on:
Pandemic Influenza - Are you prepared?
What is pandemic flu?
An outbreak of Influenza that occurs throughout the world is known as a pandemic. History shows that pandemics occur approximately every 30-50 years. Pandemics can be widespread, affecting as much as 25-40% of the population. The influenza virus that emerged in 2009, known as H1N1 flue, was classified as a pandemic flu by the World Health Organization. It was widespread but not severe. If a pandemic is severe there is the potential for great loss of life. It is not known when the next pandemic will occur. Now is the time for individuals, families, and businesses to prepare.
Steps you can take to prepare for pandemic flu
More about influenza
What is bioterrorism?
Bioterrorism is the calculated use or threat of biological weapons against citizens in order to attain goals that are political, religious, or ideological in nature.
What is Kittitas County Public Health Department doing to prepare for a response to a bioterrorist event?
Kittitas County Public Health Department is upgrading communication, training employees in the Incident Command System, assembling response plans, and participating in emergency response drills to prepare for a bioterrorist event.
What are Natural Hazards?
A natural hazard is a naturally occurring event that is dangerous to people or places. Natural hazards include floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes, fires, and outbreaks/epidemics.
The following list indicates some of the different types of natural and manmade hazards that may occur in Kittitas County:
In a disaster, Public Health depends upon volunteers to support staff activities. From data entry to vaccinating a client, people with a range of skills and certifications are necessary. Public Health has developed a Disaster Volunteer Program that offers county Emergency Management supervision and quarterly continuing education. If you are interested in becoming a disaster volunteer, call 509-962-7515.
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