Sunday, June 16, 2019
Emergency Services
WCHD Planning and Response

WCHD Emergency Services staff continue to work on ways to improve the health department's capacity to respond to public health emergencies. Efforts include: develop and update emergency response plans, manage the local medical reserve corps unit, integrate health department plans with other emergency response agencies in Wasatch County, participate in training exercises, and coordinate with other local health departments and the Utah Department of Health. The Wasatch County Health Department (WCHD) also responds to emergency incidents that may affect the public's health, including those involving hazardous materials (HAZMAT).

Below is a brief summary of planning and response topics that are addressed by WCHD's Emergency Preparedness Program, including links to pages with more informaiton.

Planning and Response Topics
A Public Health Emergency is defined as an emergency need for health care services to respond to a disaster, significant outbreak of an infectious disease, bioterrorist attack, or other catastrophic event. 
The CDC established CHEMPACK for pre-placement of nerve agent antidotes throughout the United States. This is to minimize casualties following the release of a nerve agent or organophosphate compound.
Industry, waste transporters, and others are required by Federal and/or State law to report most spills and other environmental incidents within 24 hours (depending on the incident). 
MRC units are groups of volunteer medical professionals and others who can supplement local public health departments, hospitals, and emergency medical systems when they are overwhelmed.
Pandemic influenza is a worldwide outbreak or epidemic of the highly contagious influenza (flu) virus. A pandemic may occur when a flu virus mutates into a new type or strain.
The SNS has large quantities of medicine & supplies to protect the public if there is a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.


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