The Preparedness Program at the Health Department strives to build agency and community preparedness through trainings, exercises, and outreach. JCHD regularly participates in drills which test our regular and alternative communication systems such as quarterly ReadyOp notification drills. Furthermore, the Health Department participates in community wide exercises including the annual Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) exercise.
The Health Department has plans in place to protect its citizens in the event of a natural disaster or a bioterrorism attack. Public health and personal preparedness are crucial in the face of any disaster and special emphasis has been placed on training our staff on how to react in the event of a disaster.