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  1. Emergency/Disaster Preparedness By: Ashley L. Mercer, MPH Student Walden University PUBH 6165-5 Instructor: Dr. JalalGhaemghami Term: 3, Year: 2010

  2. What is it? Emergency preparedness Means “being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, being able to respond in time of crisis to save lives and property, and to help a community, or even a nation, return to normal life after a disaster occurs” (BSA, 2009) Types of Emergencies Earthquakes, outbreaks, floods, explosions, wildfires, hurricanes, etc (CDC, 2010).

  3. Emergency Preparedness Emergency management, emergency preparedness, and disaster services are common throughout the United States (BSA, 2010) . It prepares people for emerging and unexpected public health threats before and after they occur. When disasters occur, there are individuals, organizations, and professionals who are trained to respond to such disasters to improve public health outcomes (CDC, 2010).

  4. Emergency Preparedness is supplied through…. Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER). North Carolina Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response Albemarle Regional Health Services Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHR&P)

  5. On the National Level COTPER Helps the nation prepare for and respond to public health threats. Provide strategic direction, support, and coordination for preparedness activities. Annually receives $1 billion to build and strengthen national preparedness (CDC, 2010). Emergency Preparedness and Response Intended to increase the ability to prepare and respond to public health emergencies.


  6. On the State Level North Carolina Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. Gained momentum in spring 2002 due to the availability of grant money for a dedicated “Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response” (NC DHHS, 2009).

  7. On the Local Level ARHS PHP&R Works to keep everyone in the communities safe and prepared for any disaster. Current Project H1N1 virus

  8. Recent Health Emergencies H1N1 (swine flu) Earthquake in Haiti Salmonella Outbreak

  9. H1N1 (swine flu) • New flu stand that is passed from person-to-person as does the seasonal flu.

  10. Haiti’s Earthquake • Struck Haiti with a score of a 12.1

  11. Salmonella • Infection outbreak due to contact with water frogs, which included African Dwarf Frogs (CDC).

  12. Prevention Salmonella Hand Washing. Watch for Symptoms

  13. Prevention • H1N1 (swine flu) • Influenza vaccine • Hand Washing • Cough/sneeze in a sleeve, tissue, or elbow

  14. Sources • ARHS, (2009, December). ARHS PHP&R. Albemarle Regional Health Services. Retrieved January 20, 2010 from ARHS Web site: http://www.arhs-phpr.org/. • BSA, (2009). Emergency Preparedness. Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved January 20, 2010 from BSA Web site: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Media/Publications/EmergencyPreparedness.aspx. • CDC, (2009, March). Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved January 20, 2010 from CDC Web site: http://emergency.cdc.gov/cotper/. • CDC, (2010, January 7). Outbreak of Human Salmonella. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved January 19, 2010 from CDC Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typh1209/index.html . • CDC, (2010, January 12). 2009 H1N1 flu (swine flu) and You. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved January 19, 2010 from CDC Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm. • CDC, (2010, January 19). CDC Responds to the Haiti Earthquake. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved January 20, 2010 from CDC Web site: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/haiti/cdc_earthquake_response.asp. • CDC, (2010). Emergency Preparedness and Response: What CDC is Doing. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved January 19, 2010 from CDC Web site: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/cdc/. • CDC, (2010). Emergency Preparedness and Response. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved January 21, 2010 from CDC Web site: http://emergency.cdc.gov/. • NC DHHS, (2009, August). Bioterrorism and Disease Surveillance . The Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved January 20, 2010 from NC DHHS from Web site: http://www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/phpr/.

  15. Thank You!!!! • Questions? • Comments/Concerns?