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.

Anthrax English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Bacterial Meningitis English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Bed Bugs English        
Botulism English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Campylobacteriosis English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Chickenpox English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Chikungunya English        
Chlamydia English        
Cholera English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Conjunctivitis English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Croup English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Cryptosporidium English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Dengue English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Diphtheria English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Ebola English        
E Coli English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Gonorrhea English        
Haemophilus Influenza English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Hand Foot Mouth English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Hantavirus English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Hepatitis A English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Hepatitis B English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Hepatitis C English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Herpes English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
HIV

English

       
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Impetigo English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Influenza English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Lice English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Lyme Disease

English

       
Malaria English        
Measles English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
MRSA English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Mumps English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Norovirus English        
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Pinworm English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Plague English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Pneumonia English        
Polio English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Q Fever English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Rabies English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Ringworm English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Roseola English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Rotavirus English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
RSV English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Rubella English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Salmonella English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Scabies English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Scarlet Fever

English

       
Shigella English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Shingles English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Strep Throat English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Swimmers Itch English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Syphilis English        
Tuberculosis (TB) English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Tetanus English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Viral Meningitis English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
West Nile Virus English        
Yellow Fever English Cambodian Laotian Spanish Vietnamese
Zika Virus English        

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 & Drug Administration
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Bed Bugs Manual
Scabies Manual  
Head Lice Manual

 


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