Emergencies can occur anywhere and at any time. Health Units regularly respond to new and emerging events, including:
- infectious diseases, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the Hemagglutinin 1 Neurominidase 1 (H1N1) influenza pandemic, and Ebola virus disease
- extreme weather events
- environmental hazards, such as flooding.
Effective emergency management ensures that the Perth District Health Unit is ready to cope with – and recover from – threats to public health or disruptions to public health programs and services. This is done through a range of activities working with our many community partners.
During a disaster, threats to public health may arise almost immediately:
- drinking water may become contaminated,
- food may become unsafe, or
- the air may become dangerous to breathe.
The Medical Officer of Health is a member of the team that directs the overall Perth County response during an emergency. During local emergencies, the Medical Officer of Health may be called upon to sit as a member of the local municipal control group to provide advice on public health matters or initiate a full public health response.
Are you prepared?
Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, leaving you stranded in your vehicle or confined to your home or workplace. It can leave you without basic services like water, gas, electricity or a working telephone. Are you prepared?
People are better able to cope when they have a plan. Being prepared for an emergency includes making an emergency survival kit that contains the basic items you need for at least three days.
- Make a Plan
- Build a Kit
- Be Informed
Preparing for Emergencies
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