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The Ashtabula County Health Department continues to be actively involved in emergency preparedness planning for Ashtabula County. We coordinate our plans with the other Northeast Ohio health departments, hospitals, emergency services, law enforcement, fire departments, EMA, schools, the American Red Cross and other related agencies. This planning prepares staff for responding to a wide range of emergencies such as: natural disasters, severe weather conditions, environmental emergencies, chemical disasters, disease outbreaks and mass casualties.
Our staff is responsible for continuous updates of emergency preparedness plans, such as the Medical Countermeasures Plan, EPI Response Plan, Emergency Response Plan, Continuity of Operations Plan, Non-pharmaceutical Intervention Plan, Public Information Plan, and numerous others. Other activities of note:
- November 2019: Ashtabula County Health Department held the Ashtabula County Pandemic H7N9 Influenza Worldwide Tabletop Exercise at the Health Department. With close to 50 community partners participating, we went through multiple scenarios and examined the roles of individual agencies, as well as our joint responsibilities to protect the public during an actual PanFlu.
- October 2019: Ashtabula County Health Department submitted hundreds of documents to PHAB for Accreditation. With that part behind us, we are preparing for our two-day site visit by PHAB evaluators in April.
Every third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m., the Ashtabula County Public Health Action Team Meeting is held in our basement conference room. ACPHAT provides community agencies with updated emergency preparedness and epidemiology news and information, promotes collaboration during a disaster, and offers an opportunity for attendees to share their related programs and services.
If you’d like to attend, email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Being prepared for any emergency, whether it is a house fire, power outage, snowstorm, disease pandemic or terrorist attack requires planning. We urge members of the Ashtabula County community to take the time to work out a disaster plan and to gather supplies to keep in your home and workplace. It is important to include your household members in this plan so that everyone will know what to do, where to go, and how to communicate in an emergency.