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Emergency Preparedness

WHAT IS A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY?

Disease outbreaks, natural disasters likes floods and severe storms, and other emergencies that may pose a health risk to the community. Specific to eastern Washington, wildfires also pose a risk to public health. Learn more about precautions individuals and families can take to prepare for wildfire season.
 

HOW PUBLIC HEALTH PLANS, PREPARES AND RESPONDS

Coordination
We work with other public health staff, healthcare providers and community agencies to respond effectively to public health emergencies in and around Spokane County.


Region 9 Health Care Coalition
We serve as an emergency preparedness and response resource for eastern Washington (Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens & Whitman counties). The coalition consists of hospitals, medical providers and specialty services – all working together to make our health care system more resilient during an emergency.


The Medical Reserve Corps
We recruit volunteers to help in times of disaster. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) exists in thousands of communities nationwide to respond to emergencies and build resiliency. The Eastern Washington chapter of MRC is recruiting, registering and training medical and non-medical volunteers.

BE INFORMED:

TAKE ACTION: CONNECT WITH US:

Learn what types of hazards are specific to our area

Information on a wide variety of emergency topics

Preparedness: It’s easy. It’s inexpensive. You’ll never  regret it.

More great resources:

Make a plan—how will you communicate during an emergency?
 

Stock food water and other supplies enough for 3 to 7 days.

Sign up
for Spokane County’s emergency warning system.
Health information line:
(509) 323-2847

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LEARN MORE:


November - Emergency Supplies:

Any emergency is easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. Put together an emergency kit with important items to keep at home, and a go bag with items you will need to take with you if you evacuate. Think about what you and your family would need in a disaster. You can make kits for your home, car or workplace. Emergencies can happen anywhere.

When severe weather is predicted, make sure your car has a full tank of gas. You don’t want to wait in line for gas if you are told to evacuate. Some storms may also knock out electricity, causing gas stations to close.

GOAL: Remember important items that may be overlooked when leaving your home in a disaster.
Below is a list of thing that you can do to achieve your goal this month. Choose at least one, and complete it.

Download the Fact Sheet

Download the Visual Fact Sheet

More Resources

 Do1Thing - Small steps toward being prepared for an emergency

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