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Public Health Preparedness
   
 
Disaster preparedness and response is an area that began with local health departments in 2001, when the United States Government recognized the importance of preparedness of our public health. In a bioterrorism emergency, a broad public health response involving state, local, and federal public health agencies may be required. Public health activities that may be required include the following:
 
• Dispense medications/immunizations to the 
   public through mass dispensing clinics
• Deploy the Strategic National Stockpile through
   the Department of Homeland Security
• Conduct field investigations and monitoring of
   populations exposed
• Conduct surveillance and epidemiological studies
• Establish a disease registry and monitor long-
   term impacts
• Medical interventions and recommendations
• Establish disease control and prevention
   measures
• Establish protective action guidelines
• Evaluate health and medical impact on the
   public and emergency and medical personnel
• Communicate with the public, policy makers, and
   the media regarding status of public health 
   emergency and necessary public actions to
   protect public health and safety
 
   
 
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) & KHELPS
   
 
In the event of a large-scale public health emergency, the need for surge capacity of health and medical systems would be critical. This new program will allow public health officials to register health professionals, apply emergency credentialing standards, and allow for the verification of the identity, credentials and qualifications of prospective volunteers. 
 
Since 2003, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program has grown rapidly across the U.S. Sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General, MRC programs have been developed to supplement existing local public health and emergency preparedness initiatives. In Kentucky, 117 of 120 counties are now covered by a registered MRC, with most units sponsored by local health departments in conjunction with local emergency management agencies.
 
Anderson County has joined with Mercer County's MRC.  For more information about becoming a volunteer with the Mercer/Anderson County MRC, please contact Stacy Blacketer at (859) 734-2229 ext. 139.
 
   
   
       
Anderson County Health Department
1180 Glensboro Road • Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 • 502.839.4551 • FAX:502.839.8099
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