Phone: 606-598-5564
Fax: 606-598-6615

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency & Bioterrorism Preparedness

The objective of the Emergency/Bioterrorism Preparedness Department is to ensure Public Health preparedness and establish an effective response to bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, emergencies and other public health threats.

The responsibilities of CVDHD’s Emergency/Bioterrorism Preparedness Department include the following:

  • Assessment and Planning
    • Development of new and assessments of existing plans, procedures, staff, equipment and resources.
    • Establish community collaboration with local emergency response agencies to ensure local preparedness efforts are complete.
    • Frequently exercise Emergency Response Plans on a local, regional and state level.
  • Surveillance and Epidemiology
    • CVDHD staff investigates reportable diseases
      (see Epidemiology Department).
    • Utilize several surveillance programs to monitor and rapidly detect unusual disease activity within the Cumberland Valley District.
      • 911 calls are monitored.
      • Emergency Department visits are monitored.
      • Diagnoses by network medical providers are reported.
      • School absenteeism is surveyed daily.
  • Communications and Information Technology Maintain communications (telephone, fax, and e-mail) with health care providers, hospitals, law enforcement, emergency response personnel and other health departments to ensure rapid dissemination of information.
  • Volunteer Management
    Inform and recruit community volunteers who would be asked to work Mass Dispensing/Vaccination Clinics in response to a large-scale disease outbreak or bioterrorism attack. We do this through our Medical Reserve Corps.
  • Risk Communication
    • Ensure that health/risk information is readily available to the public during a terrorist event or natural disaster.
    • Maintain relationships with various media outlets to ensure rapid dissemination of information.
  • Education and Training
    • Provide training to key health personnel who respond to public health emergencies.
    • Coordinate education and training with other health and emergency agencies.
    • Provide training to community members who volunteer to work in Mass Dispensing/Vaccination Clinics.
    • Organize and participate in emergency drills.

Staff in the Emergency Preparedness/Terrorism Department can be reached by calling 606-598-5564 Ext. 111 or by email at ZechariahC.Siler@ky.gov

Surveillance & Epidemiology

Volunteer Management -(https://www.medicalreservecorps.gov/MrcUnits/UnitDetails/304)

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