Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program
Shelby County Health Department’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program’s mission is to prepare, protect and prevent through collaborative partnerships to effectively mitigate, plan, respond and recover from all public health emergencies.
Our vision is to recognize potential health risks and the implications of an emergency on the community and work to reduce the health effects of disasters when they occur.
PHEPP recognizes the potential health risks and impacts of an emergency on each community and works to reduce the health effects of disasters when they occur. Through threat assessments, preparedness planning, training, drills and exercises, PHEPP is committed to improving the health and medical aspect of the community.
- Preparedness planning and readiness
- Epidemiology surveillance and investigation
- Rapid notification and alert
- Mass Prophylaxis and vaccination
- Drills, exercises and trainings
- Community outreach
- Creating partnerships with communities and organizations
- Risk communication and health information dissemination
- Communication and information technology
- Medical Reserve Corps and volunteers
PHEP Program works to advance six main areas of preparedness so state and local public health systems are better prepared for emergencies that impact the public’s health.
1. Community Resilience: Preparing for and recovering from emergencies
2. Incident management: Coordinating an effective response
3. Information Management: Making sure people have information to take action
4. Countermeasures and Mitigation: Getting medicines and supplies where they are needed
5. Surge Management: Expanding medical services to handle large events
6.Biosurveillance: Investigating and identifying health threats
SCHD PHEP program is essential to supporting Shelby County’s ability to respond to expected, unexpected, and unimaginable threats.
The CDC’s Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) is a federally funded program designed to enhance preparedness in the nation’s largest cities and metropolitan statistical areas where more than 50% of the U.S. population resides.
The Medical Reserve Corps Program includes over 200,000 volunteers in over 1,000 units across the country, ready to respond to emergencies and building resiliency in thousands of local communities through prevention, preparedness and public health activities.
Shelby County Emergency Preparedness has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download the Family Emergency Plan and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.