Public Health Emergency Preparedness
The Ross County Health District plays an important role in the preparation and response to disasters, including preventing the spread of disease, protecting against environmental public health hazards, preventing injuries, assisting communities in recovery from natural disasters and disease outbreaks, and assuring the quality and accessibility of health and health care services following a disaster. Disasters can include natural disasters (such as floods, earthquakes, tornados, severe weather) manmade or technological disasters (bridge collapse, nuclear accidents, chemical spills, etc) and terrorism (biological terrorism, chemical terrorism, bombings, etc). Plans for responding to emergencies are critical to being prepared for effective public health action during disasters and similar emergency events and for building community resilience over time.
The Ross County Health District is a recipient of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant (PHEP Grant) for Ross County, which provides funds for agency emergency planning. Additionally, the grant makes it possible for the health district to partner and plan with other area agencies, such as the Ross County EMA, Adena Hospital, the Red Cross. The PHEP grant also allows our agency to collaborate with neighboring local public health agencies in the region to coordinate planning, response, and training to ensure our agency is prepared to respond to disasters that may occur in our county or state.
Brochures on various health and emergency topics are available free of charge in the health district lobby (150 E. Second St., Chillicothe).
Questions about the program can be directed to 740-779-1039.
Ross County Public Health Emergency Plans
The primary purpose of this document is to outline an emergency response plan for Ross County Health District to reported emergency situations. The public is encouraged to review this plan, suggest changes and make comments to better serve our communities in the event of a public health emergency. Review and comment may be sent to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Susan R. Smith MSN RN, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
Whether you’re a healthcare professional, educator, laborer, business person or even a retiree, the Ross County Health District offers a variety of volunteer opportunities through the Ross County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). If you are interested in joining or volunteering to be a member of Ross County Medical Reserve Corps, please see this link for information on how to volunteer.