Public Health as a Part of Homeland Security
In response to events that occurred on September 11, 2001, the United
States Congress provided funding to strengthen public health systems
in every state. The Big Horn County Public Health Department,
under the guidance of the Montana Department of Public Health and
Human Services, is proud to be a part of Emergency Preparedness for
our local community. The primary goal of these activities is to
be ready for health-related emergencies or threats. These could
include such things as wildfires or winter storms, as well as chemical
spills or bioterrorism.
The Big Horn County Public Health staff has been instrumental in
reorganizing the LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) for our
area. The LEPC is a coalition of agencies and individuals
representing many facets of emergency services, including law
enforcement, fire departments, EMS, hospitals, clinics and more. Already the cooperative efforts of LEPC have
led to upgrades in communications systems, emergency equipment,
and training opportunities for these groups. Networking between
tribal and county governments in regards to emergency preparedness has
been strengthened significantly, building a united front for the
protection of the communities across Big Horn County.
The Public Health Department's specific roles in Emergency Preparedness
involve the following:
- To establish and maintain effective disease surveillance, epidemiology
To support improvements in our local hospitals' security, emergency
planning and laboratory capacities.
- To develop strong networking and interagency relations, via
upgraded communications technology and increased participation
with other groups, with a goal of providing a solid infrastructure
for use in the event of an emergency.
- To endorse and achieve core competencies among our own staff, which
have been identified as essential to Public Health emergency
- To educate the public regarding health / risk issues and emergencies -
through effective and familiar channels - to the degree that they
will know what to do and where to turn for help if a community
- To contribute to the development of the Big Horn County Emergency Plan.
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