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 Healthcare 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?
 
Be Prepared for Emergencies Tip Sheet (pdf)

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

SRHD on Facebook

SRHD on Twitter

SRHD on YouTube

 

 


LEARN MORE:


Do1Thing: March - Sheltering
Know how to respond safely when instructions are given to evacuate or take shelter
 
In a disaster, you may be asked to either evacuate or shelter in place. In the excitement of an emergency, it can be difficult to focus on what you need to do. Practice your tornado and fire safety plans. If you family has practiced, they will be more comfortable doing it when the emergency actually happens.
 
Tasks 
Do1Thing Each Month: 12 Month Preparedness Plan

 Do1Thing - Small steps toward being prepared for an emergency