A public health emergency refers to a situation or event that poses a significant risk to the health and safety of the public. This could be an outbreak of a highly contagious disease, a natural disaster, man-made events or any other situation that threatens the well-being of a large number of people.
Who is involved?
Public health emergencies require a coordinated response from government agencies, healthcare providers, and the public to minimize the impact and prevent further spread of the threat. Our website provides information on how to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies, as well as resources to help keep you and your community safe.
During a public health emergency our goal is to build a more resilient community that is prepared to deal with and rapidly recover from threats and emergencies that affect the health of yourself and others.
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Public Health Emergency Preparedness Tips
- Create an emergency supply kit containing essentials such as food, water, and medication
- Have at least a 2 week supply of prescription, non-prescription medication and medical equipment (oxygen)
- Make a family emergency plan outlining communication and evacuation procedures.
- Stay informed about potential threats by monitoring news and registering for Stafford County Emergency Notifications through Stafford Alert.
- Get vaccinated to protect against communicable diseases.
- Practice good hygiene habits, such as frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes.
- Learn basic first aid and CPR skills.
- Complete an emergency contact card for each member of your family
- Identify family members at higher risk to help reduce the risk of serious complications (medical conditions, older adults and children).
- Have a plan in place for caring for pets and livestock during an emergency.
For additional information about public health preparedness, the flu, and specific disease outbreaks , see the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites