Emergency Preparedness Program
The Macomb County Health Department Emergency Preparedness program serves to protect the health of Macomb County citizens before, during and after an emergency through the integration of public health and medical preparedness initiatives and by developing strong partnerships. These activities encompass all hazards, including natural and man-made disasters, acts of bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other emergencies that impact the health of the public. The purpose of the Emergency Preparedness Program is to provide emergency preparedness plans, training, exercises and emergency response to those who live, work and play in Macomb County so they know what to do for themselves, their families, and the community in the event of an emergency or disaster. The program also manages our Medical Reserve Corps Team which assists in strengthening our emergency response and preparedness efforts for our community. Due to all emergencies beginning locally, the local health department affected will take a lead role in the command function within the local jurisdiction amidst a public health emergency. The Emergency Preparedness Program encourages all residents to have an emergency supply kit, an emergency plan, and to be informed about the different emergencies that can happen in their area.
What Is a Public Health Emergency?
Public health emergencies can take many forms: disease epidemics or pandemics, large-scale incidents of food or water contamination, extended periods without adequate water and sewer services, harmful exposure to chemical, radiological or biological agents.
What Can I Do?
Check out the sections below to see how you can become involved with our program and things you can do at home or at work.
Medical Reserve Corps - Volunteer to participate in preparedness training and health department events by joining Macomb County Health Department MRC!
Follow the Macomb County Health Department MRC on Facebook.
Family Preparedness - Be sure to check out these great websites together, and good luck with your planning!
Business Preparedness - Learn what steps you can take now to keep your business in operation during an emergency.
Get to Know Your EP Team - Visit this section if you're looking for contact information or if you just want to learn more about your Macomb County Health Department Emergency Preparedness Program team members.
- What is an Open POD? What is a Closed POD? Why are they important? Read more by going to the Community Immunity page and contact us for more information.
- Bioterrorism Disease Agents - This page contains fact sheets and frequently asked questions about some of the major bioterrorism disease agents.
The Macomb County Health Department Emergency Preparedness Program is funded through a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health / Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness, which in turn is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Program Announcement AA154 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement Budget Period 8.
Information is not intended to be a substitute for appropriate medical advice. Links to external sites do not constitute endorsements by Macomb County.
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