Bucks County Health Department
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Public Health Preparedness
Suzanne C. Redington, MPH, CPH
Public Health Preparedness Program Coordinator
Medical Reserve Corps Co-Coordinator
Drew Dycus, MPH
Public Health Epidemiologist
Medical Reserve Corps Co-Coordinator
Jennifer E. Lamothe
Public Health Preparedness Program Assistant
Who we are and what we do
The Public Health Preparedness Program at the Bucks County Department of Health is responsible for planning for, responding to, and aiding in the recovery from major incidents impacting the public’s health. A large part of what we do involves taking a positive and proactive approach to help individuals, families, businesses, and communities prepare. The Public Health Preparedness Program is engaging in collaborative, community focused emergency health planning to address a wide range of public health emergencies, including natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and pandemics. We are creating plans, testing them, and conducting training in order to better protect the residents of Bucks County.
What you can do
Any amount of preparation before an emergency can have a huge impact and save lives. You can prepare in three simple steps:
You can also make a difference by volunteering in your community. There a number of volunteer emergency response agencies in Bucks County and in Southeastern Pennsylvania, including:
To be informed, you can sign up for ReadyBucks, an emergency alert system that can send you weather alerts, community news, and emergency information right to your phone or computer. Visit http://www.buckscounty.org/ReadyBucks to sign up.
If you would like more information on how you, your family, your business, or your organization can prepare for public health emergencies, please see the resources below or contact one of the program staff listed above.
For the latest information on how you can prepare, plan, and stay informed, visit www.ready.gov
To learn more about public health preparedness in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.
For information related to the unique needs of specific groups, such as children, individuals with chronic illnesses, older adults, people with disabilities, and evacuees, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/groups.asp.
For information regarding specific types of emergencies, such as natural disasters, recent outbreaks, and chemical emergencies, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/hazards-specific.asp.
Join the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps
Become a member of the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps, a group of medical and non-medical volunteers committed to improving the public health, emergency response, and resiliency of the community. Find out more here.
Partner with the Bucks County Department of Health: Become a Closed POD
At the Bucks County Department of Health, we have been working to increase our capacity to respond to emergencies by strengthening existing partnerships and building new ones. Partnerships with the community and other public health and emergency response agencies in Southeastern Pennsylvania make our region and our county healthier, safer, and better prepared to respond to emergencies. If you are part of a large business, long-term care facility, health care network, or university/college in Bucks County, your organization may be eligible to partner with the Bucks County Department of Health by becoming a Closed POD. A Closed POD, short for point of dispensing, is a private location that, through a partnership with the Bucks County Department of Health, dispenses lifesaving medications to clients, staff, and staff families during a public health emergency. If you would like more information on the Closed POD Program, please contact Suzanne Redington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everybody Ready 3.0 Handbook
Training Learn how to prepare yourself and your family for any public health emergency. The Everybody Ready 3.0 Handbook Training provides information for individuals, families, and caregivers. The topics that will be covered include:
To view the Everybody Ready 3.0 Handbook, or get more information visit http://www.phila.gov/health/diseasecontrol/Bio_YouPrepare.html.
Organizations and agencies from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties can request more information and Everybody Ready 3.0 Handbook Training by sending an email to email@example.com.
Bucks County Department of Health
Neshaminy Manor Center
1282 Almshouse Road Building K
Doylestown, PA 18901