The Bergen County Department of Health Services works closely with hospitals, law enforcement and other government agencies on advanced planning, trainings, exercises, and general emergency preparedness. After the events of September 11, 2001, it became clear that effective response to both natural and manmade threats would require advanced planning among many organizations.
A public health emergency is anything that poses an urgent threat to the public’s health. This could be in the form of a natural occurrence such as West Nile Virus or pandemic flu. It could also occur as a result of extreme weather emergencies such as hurricanes, floods, power outages, or heat emergencies. An accidental or intentional man-made occurrence, such as an act of Bioterrorism, would also result in a public health emergency.
In the event of a public health emergency, public health officials will provide instructions on how you can protect yourself. This may include information on sheltering in place, hand washing, clinic operations, personal protective equipment, or how to receive preventive medications. These instructions will be provided through newspapers, radio, television, websites (www.bergenhealth.org; www.bcoem.org), telephone information lines (201-225-7000), local municipal communication systems, and local boards of heath.
Public health emergency preparedness efforts are ongoing and continue to develop and strengthen among partners. It is important that member of the public also do their part. Resources and information are available for you and your family so that you can be prepared.
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