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Emergency Preparedness and Response Service
The President of the United States issued a number of executive orders to further the nation’s preparedness and response capabilities in the wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. These orders led to the development of an “all-hazards” planning approach to enhance the nation’s response to both natural and man-made disasters.
Homeland Security Presidential Directive #7 (HSPD-7): "Critical Infrastructure Identification, Priority and Protection" officially designated the public health and medical systems of our nation as critical infrastructure. As a result, Homeland Security Presidential Directive #8 (HSPD-8): "National Preparedness" assigned the public health profession the role of "first responder" in the event of a disaster or catastrophic health event resulting from either natural or man-made causes.
Under the guidelines of the Oklahoma Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), public health is required to establish procedures for responses to the environmental, health and medical needs of the State of Oklahoma in the event of a man-made or natural emergency. OSDH is required to coordinate with the federal government for assistance provided under the National Response Framework (NRF) Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8, Public Health and Medical Services.
In 2002, the Oklahoma State Department of Health formed the Bioterrorism Preparedness Division, which later evolved to the Emergency Preparedness and Response Service, to address the public health and medical implications of a large-scale disaster affecting the state’s population.
Since that time, the Emergency Preparedness and Response Service has worked diligently with federal, state, tribal, local, non-governmental and private partners to ensure the safety of all Oklahomans. In addition, the Emergency Preparedness and Response Service has routinely assisted neighboring states in times of crisis.
Since the creation of EPRS, the state has developed Regional Teams within the Homeland Security State Infrastructure. Those Regional Teams along with the local Health Department are instrumental in the planning and preparing for Public Health Emergencies. Feel free to contact the regional staff below for information regarding the efforts on-going in your communities today. Working together with our communities, we are: "Creating a State of Health”.
1000 N.E. Tenth, Room 414
Region 1 Team:
EPRS Region 1 Nurse
EPRS Region 1 Planner
400 E. 3rd Street
Elk City, OK 73644
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
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