Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

The Emergency Preparedness Program coordinates planning and program development through local, state and federal offices to protect the health and safety of the citizens and visitors in the Public Health Solutions District Health Department five-county service area. The program endeavors to educate the public at-large about the importance of preparedness. The Emergency Response Coordinator works with many community groups such as police, fire and rescue, emergency managers, elected officials, hospitals, and schools to protect the health of our citizens. Because response to emergencies requires more than just our department’s preparation, we work together, across all five counties, to prepare and carry out disaster plans to protect our service area and to test those plans through simulated drills.

Prepare, Plan, and Stay Informed.

One of the best ways for a community to be ready for an emergency is to encourage all citizens to be prepared. Being prepared assures you and your family’s safety in the event of a public health emergency. For information on emergency preparedness kits and plans, visit www.ready.gov. For bad weather updates and road conditions, visit www.noaa.gov and www.transportation.nebraska.gov. For more information, you can also visit cdc.gov.

For more information about our Emergency Preparedness Program, contact Kate Lange, Emergency Response Coordinator, at 402-826-3880.

Surveillance

What type of surveillance is happening in my community?

Public health is always monitoring the environment to provide the best possible protection for you and your family. From trapping and sampling mosquitoes during the summer to tracking rates of flu in the fall and winter, your local health department maintains constant vigil to provide up-to-date information that you need to stay healthy and safe.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) publishes a weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) with current trends, data and research related to disease occurrence. To view this report, please visit: www.cdc.gov/mmwr For more information on disease surveillance or to speak with a local surveillance specialist, please call Public Health Solutions at 402-826-3880.

Are you ready to volunteer?

Volunteers are integral to the success of public health emergency preparedness.

If you are interested in volunteering, visit the Southeast Nebraska Disaster Program Volunteer Login Form to get signed up, or contact Kate Lange, Emergency Response Coordinator at 402-826-3880.