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
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.