The mission of the Emergency Preparedness & Response Division of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department is to enhance the capability and capacity of individuals and communities; to prepare for , respond to, and recover from man-made or natural disasters that affect the health of the southwest Utah population.
Where will you and your family be when disaster strikes?
Emergencies and disasters strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. Whether faced with a family emergency or a regional disaster, the effort you’ve put into family preparedness and disaster planning will play a large role in how well you “survive” the event.
What can you do to prepare your family?
What would you do if basic services such as water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off? Local officials and relief
workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone
right away. Medical help may not arrive at all. 9-1-1 will be totally overwhelmed in
a major disaster.
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Schedule an Emergency Preparedness Presentation
Have one of our staff present on a variety of emergency preparedness topics for your agency, organization, class, or other groups. Click HERE for available topics.
Pandemic Influenza—Avian Flu
Severe influenza pandemics represent one of the greatest potential threats to the public’s health. Pandemic influenza refers to a worldwide epidemic due to a new, dramatically different strain of influenza virus. A pandemic or global epidemic is an outbreak of an infectious disease that affects people or animals over an extensive geographical area. Avian flu (or bird flu) is a virus that occurs naturally among wild birds, but can be transmitted from birds to humans. Humans have not developed immunity towards it, nor has a vaccine been created.
The Pandemic Influenza Response Plan for Southwest Utah District (Plan) provides guidance to Public health – (SWUPHD) and district partners regarding detection, response, and recovery from an influenza pandemic. The Plan describes the unique challenges posed by a pandemic that may necessitate specific leadership decisions, response actions, and communications mechanisms. To read more about SWUPHD Pandemic Influenza Response Plan click HERE.
Director of Emergency Preparedness
Regional Medical Surge Coordinator
Emergency Preparedness Specialist