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Visit the Ready Ohio website for your one stop resource for information to prepare for all types of emergencies.  

Bioterrorism/Emergency Response

The possibility of a large-scale Bioterrorism incident became a reality during the Anthrax attacks of 2001. Unfortunately, these demonstrated that our country was not prepared to deal effectively with such a threat. In response, the federal government passed the Public Health and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. This provides grant money for states to improve the infrastructure of local health districts for Bioterrorism response. 

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Infectious Disease Surveillance Program

Countermeasures

All Hazards Preparedness
Weapons of Mass Destruction Response

Pharmaceuticals

The Logan County Health Districts has received approximately $100,000 annually for improving Public Health Infrastructure since 2002.   This has provided specialized training, upgraded communication and information technology equipment, and allowed for key planning, investigative, and response positions.  Following is a list of projects supported by these funds.  

Infectious Disease Surveillance Program:

The rapid discovery of a naturally occurring and emerging infectious disease outbreak like pandemic influenza or an intentional Bio-terrorism release will be crucial to reduce the number of individuals affected by it.  Logan County Health District has implemented a comprehensive infectious disease surveillance program. 

The program involves initiatives with a multitude of agencies at the local, state and regional level and the use of sophisticated disease investigation and tracking software.

The following is a list of partners in our surveillance program:

  • Mary Rutan Hospital
  • Logan County Emergency Management Agency
  • Ohio Department of Health/ Health Alert Network
  • Logan County family practitioners
  • Logan County veterinarians
  • Logan County pharmacies
  • Logan County industries
  • Area law enforcement, fire, and EMS
  • Bellefontaine and Logan County School Districts
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Nursing Homes

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Countermeasures:

Logan County Health District has implemented the following measures to aid in preparedness:

  • Instituted a 24 hour per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year emergency call line accessed through Logan County Sheriff's Department 937-599-3333 for reporting infectious diseases and other public health emergencies.
  • Developed emergency response plans for mass immunization or antibiotic distribution in order to ensure the safety of the residents.  These include use of scanning data management system, crisis communication plan, white powder, and smallpox plans.
  • Coordinated smallpox vaccination to response teams of public health and healthcare personnel.
  • Developed an extensive library of reference materials
  • Acquired multi-agency radio communications systems.
  • Works with the Catastrophic Emergency Operations Team to develop a county Pandemic Influenza Plan, responder and public education program.
  • Trains staff on crucial topics including, computer technology, Incident Command,  Epidemiology, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.
  • Participates in departmental, community, and regional exercises and drills to test emergency plans.

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All Hazards Disaster Preparedness:

Over the past several decades, the number of natural and manmade disasters has increased in the United States. As more people reside in disaster prone areas, human life, health, and property becomes threatened.  Responding to this threat is a role of the local health district.    The number of people who seek medical attention after a disaster profoundly increases  after the disaster has passed.  This can be due to a variety of accompanying hazards, separate from the actual disaster.  These could include an increase in infectious diseases related to broken sanitation systems, polluted drinking water, carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of generators or space heaters without proper ventilation, accidents caused by inexperienced people using power tools, and unsafe debris removal techniques.  These illnesses and injuries can overwhelm the local health care system after a disaster.   The Logan County Health District is addressing this challenge by reviewing our emergency operations procedures to include post disaster education and environmental testing programs.

Disasters most likely to occur in Logan County are:

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converted imageWeapons of Mass Destruction Response:

Throughout the 1990's the US government noted a dramatic increase in the proliferation and usage of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. During the anthrax attacks in late 2001, it was quickly realized that there were major shortfalls in our country's ability to respond to large-scale Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) attacks. This prompted congress to fund an upgrade of the local public health infrastructure to enable them to respond to WMD incidents.  Locally, Logan County Health District has been working on the following initiatives: 

  • Upgrading of Information Technology, Global Information Systems, Distance Learning, and telecommunications infrastructure allowing us to effectively respond 24-hours a day.
  • Implementation of a multidisciplinary surveillance system to detect potential infectious disease outbreaks as soon as possible.
  • Coordinating training, preparedness exercises and mutual aid agreements with Ohio Department of Health, the Central Ohio Region and other neighboring health districts.
  • Strengthening communication with local partners including Emergency Management Agency, law enforcement, fire department, and Emergency Medical Services, Medical Reserve Corps, Mental Health providers, clergy, hospitals, schools and industries.
  • Implementing Homeland Security countermeasures.
  • Providing first responder and health care education programs.
  • Disseminating information to the general public.

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converted imagePharmaceuticals:

In the event of a large-scale infectious disease outbreaks or WMD attack,  pharmaceutical inventories in Logan County would be quickly depleted. In response to this local vulnerability, the federal government has established the Strategic National Stockpile. This stockpile is operated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and consists of twelve "12-hour push packs". The push packs contain hundreds of thousands of doses of pharmaceuticals as well as a variety of medical equipment.  The push packs are stored throughout the United States so that they are within a 12-hour range of any state health department that  requests one.

In addition Logan County Health District is working with area pharmacies to track unusual increases in the sales of over-the-counter fever, stomach/intestinal, respiratory, and flu remedies. This may warn us of a problem before a medical diagnosis is made.  This would buy some time by triggering an immediate investigation to identify a source and implement controls to slow or stop the spread of disease.

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Related Websites:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Department of Homeland Security
www.pandemicflu.gov
Ohio Department of Health
www.ohiopandemicflu.gov
 
 
 

Contact Us:    To review any of our Emergency Response plans

                                       feel free to call the Coordinator directly at 651-6191

                                 or at the e-mail below.

                                    

 

PHONE:  937.592.9040

WIC:  937.599.3345

FAX:  937.592.6746

e-mail:  LCHD@loganhealth.org

 

*This information was last updated 12/12/2012 .