Since 9-11-2001 the role of Public Health in Emergency Preparedness has been evolving. The Sidney-Shelby County Health Department has been keeping up with these changes.
A public health emergency is any event or situation demanding immediate action on the part of the public health system in order to prevent disease and injury or maintain public health within the community of service. Emergencies can be natural or man-made.
Help Yourself and Your Family
All of us face the possibility of natural disasters, accidents, power outages or intentional acts to disrupt our daily lives. We cannot control the weather or prevent disasters from happening, but there are steps you can take to minimize risks from known hazards. Planning now can help save lives later.
- At-Risk and Special-Needs Populations
- Active Shooter Preparedness "Run-Hide-Fight"
- Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed
- Pandemic Flu
How can Local Citizens Assist the Health Department in Times of Need?
Should a public health disaster occur, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers will be called to action by the state or the county health department to assist with the set-up of dispensing sites and the distribution of medication. All levels of volunteers are being recruited, both medical and non-medical, to perform a variety of services, such as:
The Health Department's immediate goal is to recruit 1000 volunteers.
Register with Ohio Responds
Shelby County MRC Registration Form
More Information on how to prepare for specific emergencies:
Flood Recovery Safety Manual
Health and Safety Before/During Extreme Heat
Health and Safety During Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
AA Weather Radio
Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness
Tornado Safety and Facts
Read our emergency plan and feel free to send us your ideas and opinions.
Sidney-Shelby County Emergency Response Plan