Health Department Needs Help to Practice Skills for Emergency Preparedness Drill

All Participants will Receive Free Tick Removal Kit with helpful information

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The Jefferson County Public Health Service (JCPHS) is testing response capabilities in a potential emergency situation where large numbers of citizens would need to be vaccinated or treated in a short period of time. This drill is a unique opportunity for residents to help our community prepare for an emergency.

In the event of a disease outbreak, one of the most important tasks for local public health departments is to protect area residents from illness. If there were to be a large outbreak or epidemic, plans are in place to deliver vaccine or medication to the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time.

Each year JCPHS conducts some form of a drill to increase efficiency and effectiveness response efforts during a mass vaccination or medication disbursement scenario.

The NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) will not tell JCPHS what the exercise disease scenario is until 72 hours ahead of drill time. Also, the NYSDOH will make injects during the drill that will require JCPHS to adjust the response.

“JCPHS needs to be able to respond quickly and proficiently,” said Ginger Hall, Director of Public Health. “These drills are one way to make sure our plans on paper can be carried out in real world. With the community’s help, I believe we can learn from this exercise what portions of the plan will and will not work so the plan can be revised and enhanced for a real event”.

The emergency preparedness drill will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on April 26 at the Jefferson County Highway Department, 21897 County Road 190, in Watertown. Participants will enter and be directed to a table where they will be asked a series of questions by both clerical and nursing staff. No real vaccinations or medications will be given.

Once the drill portion is completed, all participants will be given a thank-you gift — information about ticks and a FREE tick removal kit.

Participants should come to the Highway Department on Thursday, April 26th, anytime between 12-2pm. There will be signage to direct you to the correct building. There is no preregistration.

If you would like to be reminded about the drill, follow the event on Facebook. If you have questions, please call 315-786-3720.

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