Standard 5.4: All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan
Standard 5.4: Maintain an all hazards emergency operations plan
Health departments play important roles in preparing for and responding to disasters, including preventing the spread of disease, protecting against environmental public health hazards, preventing injuries, assisting communities in recovery, and assuring the quality and accessibility of health and health care services following a disaster. Disasters include: natural disasters (such as floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes), manmade or technological disasters (such as bridge or building collapses, nuclear accidents, and chemical releases), and terrorism (such as anthrax or other biological terrorism, chemical terrorism, radiological/nuclear terrorism, or bombings). Plans for responding to emergencies are critical to being prepared for effective public health action during disasters and similar emergency events and for building community resilience over time.
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