Butte County Public Health Department has the overall responsibility for protecting the public’s health in an emergency. After the events of September 11, 2001 the United States Government, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), decided it was important for state and local health agencies to have adequate methods to prepare for disasters and emergencies. The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program was created to address these needs. Some of the major responsibilities of PHEP are:
- Training the Public Health Department’s employees to respond
- Coordinating and processing requests for health and medical mutual aid resources during
- Training and conducting exercises with local and statewide partners to improve emergency response
- Providing community education about emerging public health threats such as a flu pandemic.
In addition to the PHEP program, the Butte County Public Health Department implements the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) was established by the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) in 2002 to enhance the ability of hospitals and health care systems
to prepare for and respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.
In Butte County, HPP
is comprised of representatives from hospitals,
ambulance providers, clinics, skilled nursing facilities and other medical providers. This funding is used to support programs to help strengthen public health emergency preparedness through planning, training,
resource allocation, and exercises.
In a major disaster, it might be several days for help to arrive or before vital services are restored. Do you have what it takes to survive for 72 hours in a disaster? The 72-Hour Plan provides information and ideas to help prepare your home, your workplace, and community for a 72-hour period.
View the Emergency Evacuation Checklist.
If disaster strikes our county, you can make a difference by being part of the disaster response team. Local medical and non-medical volunteers are needed to form a Butte County response unit. Serving Butte communities during a disaster and helping your neighbors can be an exciting and rewarding experience.
In an emergency, make sure you don't forget your pets. If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster.