PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS A natural or man-made disaster can occur at any moment, and the department is committed to preparedness and response efforts to protect our community as well as other communities across the state. The Public Health Preparedness program assists community organizations in developing formal disaster preparedness plans and participates as the Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 lead agency in the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center. During disasters, staff work to ensure adequate shelter for vulnerable populations and monitor the safety of the food and water supply.
RESPONDING TO MICHAEL & FLORENCE During public health emergencies our community may extend across county and state borders. Aric Porter, Donna Trease, and Dakota Lutz deployed to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to assist with the response to Hurricane Florence. The team served in a megashelter that combined special needs sheltering with an American Red Cross general population shelter. The Escambia Special Needs Shelter opened briefly in anticipation of Hurricane Michaelâ€™s potential impacts. The special needs shelter was colocated with the general shelter at the Pensacola Bay Center. Disaster Team 1 was activated.
EMPLOYEES DEPLOYED FOR HURRICANE RESPONSE
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