The responsibilities of Emergency Preparedness are to:
- Assess and strengthen capabilities through training, drills, and exercises that better equip the team for activating, operating, and managing a public health emergency (including pandemic influenza and anthrax response) to include staffing the public health emergency operations center
- Coordinate drills/ exercise with community partners to demonstrate the ability to rapidly share/exchange information with key partners
- Coordinate with hospitals to ensure public health and hospitals understand and concur with each other’s role during public health emergencies
- Conduct Points of Dispensing (POD) exercise using a Medical Countermeasures/Strategic National Stockpile (MCM/SNS) scenario based on a pandemic influenza event with jurisdiction partners (includes healthcare coalitions, as applicable)
- Participate in an exercise of communication applications for rapid alerting and notification for partner and local jurisdiction
Our professionals have been preparing for and are prepared to respond to bioterrorism events. In response to such an event, they will be a part of a multi-team emergency response system.
During natural disasters, our team of professionals responds to areas of Laramie County where a disaster has occurred with information, testing, and immunizations to protect those exposed to diseases through unsafe conditions or unsafe water.
Respiratory Protection Program
Through this program, we assist community partners in developing respiratory protection programs for situations in which airborne contaminants or biological infections place employees at risk. We’re also equipped to assist employers with the development of their plans, including education regarding appropriate personnel protective equipment (PPE) and fit-testing.
In collaboration with partners and stakeholders, Response Planning uses the current CMIST framework to review and update jurisdictional preparedness plans, ensuring they include at-risk populations and those with access and functional needs (AFN). They accomplish this by:
- Identifying at-risk populations in the community with AFN
- Coordinating with whole community partners (by including each in planning meetings and/or by sharing plans with each to solicit feedback)
- Considering AFN of individuals in planning
- Ensuring child- and senior-focused needs and partnerships are considered in planning