|Emergency Preparedness Purpose
The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program was created in response to the events of September 11, 2001. After these events, many homeland security initiatives were established to address public health emergency preparedness and to be ready in the event of additional terrorist attacks or natural disasters.
The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District works closely with the Emergency Management Offices of both the City and County as well as hospitals, other health care providers, and even veterinarians to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Health District Emergency Preparedness Coordinators encourage all citizen to be prepared for possible health threats and emergencies. Citizens should prepare a disaster kit and meeting plan in case of a natural disaster such as a thunderstorm, tornado or flood; a health threat such as a pandemic flu outbreak or a man-made event such as a biological or chemical attack or accidental spill. The following links contain valuable information to help you prepare your family for the unexpected.
Making an Emergency Plan
Have a Disaster Kit
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Texas Department of State Health Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
There are many challenges facing communities across the country. Public Health Emergency Preparedness Officials would like to provide as much information to the public as possible.
Make Sure Your Business is Prepared
Businesses also face challenges when facing emergencies. The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District recommends that all public and private employers develop Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) and keep staff alerted to actions necessary to provide for their health and well being.