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Emergency Preparedness & Response
The Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHEPR) Section was created to prepare and respond to public health threats and emergencies from various sources, such as:
  • Natural Disasters: Floods , Tornadoes , Earthquakes , Severe weather conditions, and Wildfires
  • Disease Outbreaks: Communicable diseases – such as severe flu epidemics , Environmental diseases – such as food borne illness outbreaks (salmonella, etc.) and zoonotic disease outbreaks (rabies, West Nile virus, etc.)
  • Bioterrorism Events: Use of biological agents such as smallpox or anthrax.
  • Chemical Terrorism Events: Use of chemical agents such as sarin, cyanide, VX or mustard gas.



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