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
|Bioterrorism basics, diseases that may be used to cause harm, and information for health professionals including infection control, laboratory testing, surveillance systems.|
|Food and Drinking water in emergencies|
|Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.|
|Following natural disasters and other types of emergencies, drinking water in affected areas may become contaminated and cause outbreaks of disease. Problems with sanitation, including lack of water, toilet facilities, or damaged water wells can also increase the likelihood of waterborne disease|
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.