Programs & Services
The South Health District’s Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) is one of 18 Emergency Preparedness and Response programs strategically located in health districts throughout the state. Established in October 2002, this program develops operational plans that enable the district health office and its ten county health departments to effectively address community needs during naturally occurring or man-made public health emergencies.
The purpose of the OEP is to coordinate medical, environmental and mental health services, and seek private sources to assist overwhelmed resources as well as relieve the suffering or trauma of victims.
To accomplish this purpose we prepare staff at the county and district levels to rapidly respond within the health district, address concerns to lessen or prevent risks to the public’s health, and to hasten the recovery of those affected.
The program includes an Emergency Preparedness Director, Training Coordinator, Risk Communicator/Public Information Officer, and Emergency Preparedness Specialist. OEP is provided additional support by environmental health specialists, epidemiologists and nurses, as well as other professionals from the health district and community. If you would like to volunteer please select the Volunteer link above.
OEP staff recognizes that building inter-agency relationships is essential to effectively responding to an emergency. To aid the health district in disaster response OEP has established partnerships with several agencies at the local, state and federal levels.
If you would like more information about South Health District's Office of Emergency Preparedness, call (229) 253-0882, ext. 100.