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Public Health Preparedness and Response Program

The Preparedness program within the health department is responsible for working with local, state and national first responders to either prevent or limit in scope natural and man-made disasters. Staff works with emergency management, law enforcement, medical community, hospitals, and state and federal health agencies to plan for man-made and natural disasters, and to execute these plans, either in training exercise, or in real life events (e.g., the recent H1N1 world-wide flu outbreak). Staff works with the latest technology (e.g., the EPI-EX Program of the Centers for Disease Control) to bring almost instantaneous information to the medical community and the public on the status of the current national, state, or local emergency situation.

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