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Department of Public Health

Public Health Preparedness

Why prepare? | Preparing for Emergencies | Disease Information | Influenza | Related Resources

Why should we plan & prepare?

Planning will help us save lives and property as well as maintain and improve our community’s quality of life. Planning can help keep our infrastructure and economy running smoothly.

Although the Department of Public Health is planning for public health emergencies it is also your responsibility to plan. On this page you will find helpful information, links to websites, and tools that will help you and your family become prepared if an emergency would strike your area. Always remember to ask yourself…ARE YOU PREPARED?

The following downloadable guides will help you and your family prepare for emergencies:

Family Preparation Guide
Preparing for a Public Health Emergency

The guides are also available individually or in quantities for your community group by calling 616-396-5266.

Preparing for Emergencies

Emergency Preparedness applies to natural as well as man-made disasters. In Ottawa County, examples of public health emergencies include disease outbreaks caused by contaminated food, water or air. Natural disasters, emerging diseases and potential terrorist threats involving biological, chemical, radiological or nuclear exposure are also areas of focus for public health emergency planning.

Examples of Public Health Responsibilities

- Maintaining Safe Food and Water   - Managing Waste Disposal
- Providing Mass Vaccination or Antibiotic Distribution   - Containing & Surveying Communicable Disease
- Determining Quarantine or Isolation   - Assist in Managing Mass Casualties  

If mass immunizations or medical services are needed for the residents of our community, the Department of Public Health may set up a dispensing site to give vaccines, antibiotics or antidotes. Sources of information include news reports giving instructions from officials about who should receive services, and where and when services are provided in the community.

Pandemic Influenza

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health has developed a local pandemic flu preparedness committee. The following groups are involved in the coalition:

Executive Board Members

Holland Community Hospital    American Red Cross
Zeeland Community Hospital Ottawa County MSU Extension
North Ottawa Community Hospital Grand Haven Board of Power and Light
Ottawa County Intermediate School District (OAISD) Pfizer, Inc.
Grand Valley State University Meijer, Inc.
Herman Miller  

Disease Information

Public health depends on reports of diseases to monitor community health and to ensure timely preventative action by public health personnel. As a result, Michigan law requires timely reporting of communicable diseases. File a report or obtain additional information.

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Related Resources

Michigan Department of Community Health
Centers for Disease Control
World Health Organization
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Federal Emergency Management Association
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Food and Drug Administration
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality




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