Emergency Preparedness Program

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator: Dayna M. Kapp, MPA
Phone: 906-789-8100
Email: dkapp@phdm.org
Address: 2920 College Ave, Escanaba, MI 49829
24-hour Emergency Number: 906-202-1356

This program focuses on planning, training and surveillance to improve the public health capacity to respond 24/7 to acts of terrorism and similar emergencies. This capacity includes the means to provide mass vaccinations and distribution of antibiotics and antitoxins.

Program Overview

Since the terrorist attacks of September 2001, and in particular the anthrax attacks the following month, the role of public health as a front-line emergency responder has become increasingly evident. While public health departments have historically been prepared to mitigate naturally occurring disease outbreaks, both the occurrence and ongoing threat of bioterrorism in the U.S. have added unprecendented scope and complexity to public health response planning.

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Recognizing the critical nature of public health response, as well as the continued vulnerability of communities to acts of terrorism and bioterrorism, the federal government has sought to bolster public health emergency response capacity-both within the U.S. as a whole, and within individual states. Substantial federal monies have been invested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance national surveillance and response capacity, with a significant portion of these monies granted to the states.

In Michigan, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has used CDC emergency preparedness grant monies to create a division focusing specifically on emergency planning-the Office of Public Health Preparedness-and to enhance surveillance, epidemiological, and laboratory capacity at the state level. The Department also hired eight regional epidemiologists who serve the respective counties in eight emergency planning districts in Michigan. In addition, MDCH provides grant funding to local health jurisdictions to hire emergency preparedness coordinators to coordinate emergency response planning at the local level.

While the impetus for public health emergency preparedness planning were intentional events, public health preparedness activities ultimately are applicable to a broad spectrum of health-threats including naturally-occurring disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and other unusual events-and provides an organized, systematic blueprint for protecting the health of our community.

For more on Public Health Emergency Preparedness Planning and Response in Delta or Menominee Counties, please contact Dayna Porter, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at 906-789-8100, or dporter@phdm.org