The Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program plans for and responds to public health emergencies in the City of Philadelphia. A public health emergency is an emergency that poses a significant threat to human health, such as a natural disaster, an act of terrorism, or a severe disease outbreak.
To prepare for public health emergencies we:
- Establish public health preparedness priorities based on local threats and hazards.
- Develop and tests response plans for a variety of hazards.
- Train staff and volunteers to their emergency response roles.
- Collaborate with local, state, and federal partners.
During a public health emergency we may:
- Coordinate the public health response with partner agencies.
- Provide subject matter expertise and clinical guidance.
- Conduct disease surveillance and epidemiological investigation.
- Put in place disease control measures, like isolation and quarantine.
- Dispense emergency medications.
- Provide medical screening, triage, and care.
- Communicate with the public about how to stay healthy and safe.