Resolve 2B Ready

Those who make New Year’s resolutions are 11 times more likely to report continued success in achieving a goal than individuals who have not made a resolution, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology. The Ready campaign would like to make an emergency preparedness resolution easy to keep by providing the tools and resources needed to takeResolve 2B Ready: be informed about the different types of emergencies that can happen in your area and their appropriate responses, make a family communications plan, Red Cross Ready in 21 Weeks, and get involved in community preparedness. We hope you will join the Ready campaign this holiday season in promoting Resolve 2B Ready.

Roles of the Disaster Preparedness Branch

  • Collaborate with agencies throughout our district to plan for disasters and participate in disaster drills to test capabilities.
  • Provide education to partner agencies and the public on our existing response plans and procedures in place to respond to disasters.
  • Design, develop, and implement an emergency plan based on the National Association of County & City Health Officials‘ (NACCHO) Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) criteria for BRDHD staff and volunteers to be used during a man-made or natural disaster.
  • Involved in monthly Healthcare Emergency Area 4 Response Team (HEART) meetings with regional hospitals, EMS, mental health, coroners, American Red Cross, Emergency Management, local health departments, and long term care facilities to develop plans and protocols for Region 4 response.
  • Implement the National Incident Management System(NIMS).  This is a document written by Homeland Security that instructs all local, state, and federal agencies how to effectively respond to an incident.
  • Establish relationships with community leaders and partner organizations for on-going assessment and enhancement of disaster preparedness.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of emergency exercises that occur annually within our district.
  • Respond to public health emergencies.
  • Serve on community-based committees that deal with issues related to disaster preparedness.
  • Teach and recruit members for Community Emergency Response Teams(CERT) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).
  • Teach basic disaster preparedness to the community and facilitate trainings for first responders.
  • Coordinate the Health Alert Network, a communication system in place to alert staff and community partners on a 24/7 basis.