Public Health Response
Created in response to the disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Center for Community Preparedness built upon existing bioterrorism response initiatives. Those initiatives were expanded to encompass emerging directives from the federal Department of Homeland Security. The center is structured in an Incident Command System (ICS) structure that follows National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) guidelines.
Responsible for maintaining the DHH Emergency Operations Center (DHH EOC) at a constant state of readiness, CCP staff responds 24/7 to incidents occurring across the state which have the potential to become threats to the public's health. Through DHH, the Center for Community Preparedness leads the State's public health response to disasters.
CCP staff is responsible for providing both training and exercises to DHH employees, volunteers, community partners and stakeholders on subjects such as hands-on setup of Point of Dispensing Sites (PODs) that are used for distribution of Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) medications. In February of 2012, CCP will direct a large full scale exercise across the state with many partners to test response to a scenario of a biological terrorist attack involving anthrax.
CCP provides a wide array of logistical support such as supply trailers and medical equipment for events and incidents as directed by the State Health Officer.