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Health Department Emergency Preparedness and Response

Grant County Health Department is dedicated to protecting the health of the residents of the community.  The health department's critical role in disaster preparedness and response includes response planning, surveillance and early detection of communicable diseases, emergency communications, training and education. The health department actively collaborates with local, regional, state and federal agencies to prepare for and respond to incidents that could threaten health. The staff is committed to providing accurate and practical information about public health emergencies. 

Volunteer Opportunities through the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, many healthcare professionals wanted to volunteer to help. However, there was no system in place to efficiently identify them, check credentials, train and assign them to the "right place at the right time." Under the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the White House's USA Freedom Corps, the National Medical Reserve Corps was created in 2002. The main objective of this program is to establish a system to identify, train, and organize health professionals and lay volunteers to supplement and support on-going emergency response systems and personnel. The MRC is a national network of local, community-based groups of medical, public health, and other volunteers who prepare for and respond to all-hazards.

The OKMRC is Oklahoma's only medical and public health volunteer program. The OKMRC is a statewide system comprised of specialty teams and county units operating under the authority of local county health departments. For more information or to apply online, visit www.okmrc.org

Family Emergency Plans

Start protecting your family today by creating a family emergency plan. The Oklahoma State Department of Health provides an easy-to use template for you to create your own family emergency plan. Download, print, and complete this valuable tool. Make sure you discuss the plan with all of your loved ones to ensure that everyone will know what to do when disaster strikes.

Resources

Agents, Diseases and Threats (Center for Disease Control & Prevention)

Preparedness for Natural & Man-made Hazards  [Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)]

World Health Organization (WHO)  

Oklahoma Emergency Preparedness and Response Service [Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)] 

PandemicFlu.Gov 

Department of Homeland Security 

Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security

American Red Cross

Helping Children Cope With Terrorist Attacks (Purdue University Extension)

Talking About Terrorism and War with School-Aged Kids

Are You Ready? (FEMA)

After the Disaster (PDF 690 KB)  

Ready Campaign

For more information on Emergency Preparedness please contact:

MaryJac Rauh                                                            
Local Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator
Garfield, Grant, Major, Woods and Alfalfa Counties
Office Phone (Garfield): 580-233-0650, ext. 151
E-mail: maryjr@health.ok.gov

Mailing Address

ATTN: Emergency Preparedness and Response
Garfield County Health Department
P.O. Box 3266
Enid, OK 73702

All information is general in nature and is not intended to be used as a substitute for appropriate professional advice. Because of confidentiality concerns, questions regarding client health issues cannot be responded to by e-mail.

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