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Blog: Preparing for emergencies

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

  The Henry and Stark County Health Department announces that members of

their staff recently attended the 2012 Integrated Public Health and Medical

Preparedness Summit.  Gail Ripka, Health Department Administrator and Betty

McNaught, RN Health Department Director of Emergency Services attended the

three day event held in Lombard, IL.

  The Henry and Stark County Health Department announces that members of

their staff recently attended the 2012 Integrated Public Health and Medical

Preparedness Summit.  Gail Ripka, Health Department Administrator and Betty

McNaught, RN Health Department Director of Emergency Services attended the

three day event held in Lombard, IL.

   McNaught notes, "The conference theme was 'Partnering With a Shared

Vision.'  It featured a multitude of informative workshops covering such

varied topic areas as: community preparedness, medical surge, volunteer

management, emergency public information and warning, information sharing,

non-pharmaceutical interventions, emergency operations coordination, and

medical material management and distribution."

   The summit is held annually to benefit a broad range of public health

professionals involved in emergency preparedness, planning and response,

including state and local health professionals in the following disciplines:

public health administration, environmental health, nursing, communicable

disease, laboratory services, food protection, immunization, hospital

emergency services, and other emergency response areas.

   McNaught adds, "This year's summit featured an excellent opening session

entitled, 'The New Normal in the 21st Century' presented by Lt. General

Russel Honore', Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, and Global

Preparedness Expert.  In addition, we were able to attend some great break

out sessions like: 'Joplin 5:41,' 'RMS Titanic! Applying Incident Command

System (ICS) Would It Have Made a Difference,' and 'Siren Emergency

Notification System Advanced Features.'

   In addition, the conference featured exhibit booths, special event

sponsorships, satellite broadcasts, live webcasts, informative roundtable

sessions, and valuable networking activities.

   McNaught adds, "By attending conferences such as these the Health

Department's Emergency Preparedness Program strives to take an active part

in our area's response to emergency situations either 'man-made' or

'naturally occurring;' and stay up-to-date on the most current information."

   For more information on the Emergency Preparedness Program through the

Henry and Stark County Health Departments call the Department at (309)

852-0197 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on

Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.