North Central Health District


Emergency Preparedness


Charlotte-EPprogramThe mission of the North Central Health District Office of Emergency Preparedness is to protect the health of the population by preparing district and health department personnel and community partners to respond to emergencies of public health significance. The North Central Health District will coordinate the health and medical response to any emergency or disaster within the thirteen-county district.

The Georgia Emergency Operations Plan (GEOP) gives Public Health the primary responsibility for Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 “Public Health and Medical Services” response. Public Health is a supporting agency for ESF 6 “Mass Care, Housing and Human Services”. Public health professionals may be called upon for many tasks including diagnosing and containing the spread of disease, responding to areas where people may have been exposed to infectious or harmful materials, providing medications or vaccinations to protect the general public, or providing health professionals to support mass care operations such as congregate shelters or special needs population shelters.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness takes this responsibility seriously and works throughout the North Central Health District to increase public health preparedness to respond to emergencies and disasters that may impact the health of the population. This is achieved through 1) overall planning and preparedness, 2) public information and risk communications, 3) training of public health employees and key partners, and 4) hospital community organization emergency preparedness and response.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness includes an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Training Coordinator, Risk Communicator/Public Information Officer, and Program Associate. The Office of Emergency Preparedness is provided additional support from environmental health specialists, epidemiologists and nurses, as well as other professionals from the health district and community.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness recognizes that building inter-agency relationships is essential to effectively responding to an emergency. To aid the health district in disaster response, the Office of Emergency Preparedness has established partnerships with several agencies at the local, state and federal levels.

If you would like more information about the North Central Health District Office of Emergency Preparedness, call (478) 751-3029 or email the Emergency Preparedness Director, Laurice Bentley.

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Emergency Preparedness Training

Training is an integral component to preparation. To better prepare public health employees and key partners to respond to emergencies, the Office of Emergency Preparedness provides training and information for access to other training venues applicable to the public health/emergency response needs. All emergency responders are mandated by the Department of Homeland Security to comply… Read More

Personal & Family Preparedness

Every individual and family needs to be prepared for any kind of disaster. Two important ways to be prepared are to have a disaster kit for your home and to have an emergency plan. Making an Emergency Kit…It’s up to YOU! Stock up on nonperishable food and water to sustain you and your family for… Read More

Region F Healthcare Preparedness Coalition

Region F includes Bibb, Henry, Lamar, Pike, Butts, Houston, Monroe, Spaulding, Crawford, Jones, Peach, and Upson Counties. Region F hospitals have been meeting together since 2007 with the goal of becoming better prepared to respond to disasters. The hospitals have developed strong relationships and have plans to support each other during emergencies. Recognizing that hospitals… Read More

Hurricane Preparedness in Central Georgia

Hurricane Season Hurricane season is from June 1 until November 30 each year. Although the North Central Health District is located in the middle of Georgia and is more than 120 miles from the coast, hurricane preparedness is still important. Central Georgia can be impacted by hurricanes that strike either the Atlantic Coast or the Gulf… Read More

Strategic National Stockpile

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is a large quantity of medicines and medical supplies managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Strategic National Stockpile contains antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, IV administration, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items that can be used to protect the public in an emergency. During… Read More