South West Georgia Public Health


Health Departments

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

The Mission of the DPH Southwest District Office of All Hazards Preparedness (DOAHP) is to protect the health of the population by preparing District and Health Department personnel and community partners to respond to emergencies. The Southwest Health District coordinates the health and medical response to any emergency or disaster within the seventeen-county district.

The Georgia Emergency Operations Plan (GEOP) gives Public Health the primary responsibility for Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 “Public Health and Medical Services” response. Public Health is a supporting agency for ESF 6 “Mass Care, Housing and Human Services”. Public health professionals may be called upon for many tasks including diagnosing and containing the spread of disease, responding to areas where people may have been exposed to infectious or harmful materials, providing medications or vaccinations to protect the general public, or providing health professionals to support mass care operations such as congregate shelters or special needs population shelters.

DOAHP takes this responsibility seriously and works throughout the Southwest Health District to increase Public Health preparedness to respond to emergencies and disasters that may impact the health of the population. This is achieved through

1) Overall planning and preparedness
2) Public information and risk communications
3) Training of public health employees and key partners
4) District wide medical community emergency preparedness planning and response

DOAHP recognizes that building inter-agency relationships is essential to effectively responding in any emergency. To aid the Health District in disaster response, this Office has established partnerships with agencies at the local, state and federal levels.

If you would like more information about the Southwest Health District Office of All Hazards Preparedness, call 220-430-1966 or email the Emergency Preparedness Director: julie.miller@dph.ga.gov