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What the County is Doing?

The PHEPR Program identifies and develops procedures to enhance disease surveillance and public health response to biological and chemical threats as well as natural disasters. In addition, program staff conduct epidemiological investigations as appropriate to safeguard public health, actively collaborate with state and federal agencies, emergency management, law enforcement, first responders, medical facilities and tribal agencies in developing response plans, present training and educational programs and provide information to the public about biological and chemical agents and events which may impact the health of county residents.

The PHEPR Program has several focus areas including but not limited to:
  • Planning and Readiness Activities

  • Risk Communications
    The PHEPR Program is also developing a risk communication plan that will keep the public informed during a public health emergency such as a bioterrorism event. The plan includes various ways to provide consistent information to the media and public in order to share valuable information and address concerns. Activities include:

    • Development and Distribution of Public Service Announcements
    • Development of risk communication plan
    • Establishing relationships with various media outlet contacts
    • Education and Training

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