We will discuss the… Role of Public Health in an Emergency Role of a Community Partner (VIP) Benefits of Creating a Partnership
Role of Public Health During an Emergency Prevent –Illnesses –Injuries –Death Promote health Inform the public
Informing the Public about Health Threats Disease outbreaks Terrorist attacks Natural disasters Environmental accidents Mass casualties
During An Emergency... Emotions run high –Fear, anxiety, confusion, dread. –Hopelessness or helplessness –Fight or flight Information is processed differently –Decision-making is not clear Manage feelings by being informed
As a Volunteer In Preparedness… You can ensure the health & safety of those you serve through good communication!
We can’t do it alone… Public Health needs help to tell others what to do in an emergency Everyone is part of the response in an emergency HELP US HELP YOU!
You are viewed as… A leader A trusted source of information A vital link between Public Health & those you serve
How can I help? Receive “Public Health Alerts” & instructions Share information with others: - Flyers, announcements, website, phone, fax, email, etc… Aid those with special needs Help to control rumors
As a Volunteer In Preparedness… Receive official alerts Be part of a registry Have direct contact to share information with Public Health
How can I get ready? Participate in training exercises -Practice sharing information -Discover the best ways to relay messages to those you serve
Benefits to You and Those You Serve Provide leadership as a trusted community resource Receive the most current information Provide urgent instructions to those you serve Help people with special needs Reduce panic, fear and confusion Participate in training exercises
Become a Community Partner and be a Volunteer In Preparedness Register and Join Now! Partnering to Protect our Communities!
Contact Information Preparedness & Response Program Department of Public Health County of San Bernardino 909-387-6280 800-782-4264
Useful Websites: www.sbcounty.gov/pubhlth/prepandresp onsewww.sbcounty.gov/pubhlth/prepandresp onse www.ready.gov www.pandemicflu.gov Thank You