Just because a fire has been extinguished, it doesn’t mean a firefighter’s job is done. An investigation must occur to determine the cause of the fire, the extent of the damage and if something could have been done to prevent it.
The same holds true for emergencies involving public health. When it appears that a public health emergency is coming to a close, public health officials will continue to carry out response efforts: distributing necessary preventative medicines or vaccines; providing education and communication to help prevent the situation from flaring up or recurring; determining if new rules or regulations should be adopted to prevent the emergency from occurring again; monitoring the community for after effects and investigating the cause of the emergency.
At the conclusion of any emergency involving a public health response, we will evaluate our response effort and make any necessary changes to our emergency response plans, including additional training for staff.
- American Red Cross
- CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Citizen Corps
- Current Threats
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- How should you prepare?
- Ohio Responds
- Public Health Emergency Response
- Prevent & Prepare
- Ready America
- Tri-state Medical Reserve Corp
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security