Community Emergency Preparedness
In today's society, it has become more and more critical for local government to have a well developed plan of action to implement in time of emergency. Chisago County Public Health is striving to be ready to provide care for the community's needs. Our local plans are being developed in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chisago County Public Health is part of East Central Region Emergency Preparedness and active on the Chisago County Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee.
Chisago County Public Health is trained to respond or support our partners in responding to potential hazards including:
- A naturally occurring disease outbreak related to food
- A naturally occurring communicable disease outbreak such as meningitis or an influenza pandemic
- A chemical spill
- A natural disaster such as a flood that might disrupt safe water supply
- A intentional act designed to provoke fear or bring harm such as the release of anthrax during fall 2001
Keep Informed During an Emergency
Personal safety is always the most important priority in an emergency. If a disaster has occurred, listen to the radio, watch television news including Emergency and Community Health Outreach (ECHO), read local newspapers and talk with neighbors and local leaders at community meetings to stay informed.
Preparing for an emergency, including a public health emergency, does not have to feel or be overwhelming. There are simple steps you can take to be prepared.
An important first step in personal preparedness is to talk with your family about a variety of emergencies and how each person in the family would handle an emergency.
View the family emergency plans webpage for helpful guides to develop your own personal emergency family plan and how you can get involved in your community's preparedness effort.