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In recent years, the roles of responding to disasters and preventing the spread of disease have come to the forefront, due to threats to our nation and newly emerging diseases. These threats have increased our awareness of the need to be better prepared, not only for future bioterrorist events, but other public health emergencies.

Public Health Preparedness is the ability of local health departments to respond to all emergencies with a detailed plan of action and a system of communication that will include hospitals, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical service and other emergency response agencies.

Public Health's role within the response system includes:
  • Detecting disease outbreaks
  • Investigating to determine what the risks are to the public and who may have been exposed
  • Informing the public and professionals of the specific disease threats and how to protect themselves and others
  • Managing infected persons
  • Isolating or quarantining affected individuals as appropriate
  • Providing medications or vaccinations to people at risk in the population
Are you Ready?
  • Know the Facts
  • Have a Plan
  • Build a Kit
For more information: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/Plan/Plan.asp?maintab=0

Interested in being a Volunteer?
WEAVR (Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry) has been updated and is available for new members to join or if you had already signed up, to re-register.

The new WEAVR benefits you as a health professional volunteer and those with other skills who may be called upon to respond to a public health emergency. If applicable, your health professional license/certification/registration information can be verified by state and national databases. For more information: Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR): http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/preparedness/weavr/

Sign up here! https://weavrwi.org/

Useful Links:
Wisconsin's Pandemic Flu Resource: http://pandemic.wisconsin.gov

Wisconsin Department of Health Services; http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/preparedness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; http://www.bt.cdc.gov

US Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.phe.gov/preparedness/Pages/default.aspx

Federal Emergency Management Agency for Kids: http://www.fema.gov/kids

National Headquarters - American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org

Shelley Hersil, Director
Lincoln County Health Department
607 North Sales St. Suite 101
Merrill, WI 54452
Phone: 715-539-1360
Fax: 715-536-2011
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