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 Emergency Preparedness

With our region facing the threat for natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and deliberate or man-made attacks at any time, the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment and the Sheriff's Division of Emergency Management work together with local, state, and federal agencies to prepare our community’s efforts. While the likelihood that a widespread event would occur in our county (or in surrounding areas) is low, if a disaster does happen, a plan has been developed to provide medical assistance and protection for residents that would mitigate damage and reduce the disruption of operations.

Community Health Role

With any number of potentially dangerous public health emergencies possible, the health department’s role is to monitor health conditions and provide necessary medical resources in order to protect the people of St. Charles County. This effort is conducted through a dedicated team of emergency response planners, epidemiological specialists, healthcare professionals, communications officers and more. This core team works with other medical responders, community leaders and volunteers to routinely address public health concerns.

Emergency Management Role

The Division of Emergency Management promotes unified planning and coordinates the county-wide response in the event of natural or man-made disasters. EMD also assists local governments in the development of their plans, exercising and training programs. The agency maintains a modern federally funded Emergency Operations Center that serves St. Charles County during a declared event. 

Your Role

Even with this regional effort, part of the responsibility falls upon you. By doing whatever you can to prepare in advance, to practice your routine and to respond to information provided, you will help to ensure the well-being of yourself and others. 

Community Partnerships

Many organizations (public service, private sector, non-profit and more) have provided assistance in the development and practice of these response efforts. By providing necessary assets, volunteering personnel or resources and joining the communication tree, we all have a vested interest in our community. If your business or organization would be interested in providing resources to help the success of the response plan, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

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