Flooding Resource Booklet

Flooding Preparedness and Response

The Flooding Resource Booklet contains information for preparing and recovering from a flood.  

Flu Alert! According to Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC, Forty-seven states now report widespread geographic influenza activity!

The United States is having an early flu season with most of the country now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness but the news is not all bad; while some key indicators of flu activity continued to increase, others declined. According to the CDC however, it is too soon to signal that the worst of the epidemic is over. 
Medical Reserve Corps

Medical Reserve Corps

Volunteers that Assist Agency Personnel during Emergencies

In order to meet the public health needs during critical events, the Will County Health Department, in collaboration with the Will County Emergency Management Agency, has formed a Medical Reserve Corps and we are actively recruiting new members. We welcome all kinds of volunteers with medical and non-medical skills. Healthcare professionals, such as nurses, pharmacists, medical assistants, and physicians are needed as well as people who can serve as registration clerks, health educators, interpreters, etc.

The Medical Reserve Corps supports the mission of the Health Department to prevent disease and promote a healthier environment. It is directed to provide a readied volunteer force that can assist the agency's professionals during times of critical events that threaten the public's well-being. 

The Medical Reserve Corps:

  • will allow the Health Department to extend its professional services and resources in response to increased public health concerns.
  • will provide organizational structure and promote appropriate training of volunteers.
  • provides healthcare professionals and others an organized mechanism through which they can volunteer.
  • provides orientation and position training with hands-on experience through drills and exercises.

For more information about joining the Will County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps, call the Emergency Preparedness & Response program at (815) 727-8802 or fill out a Volunteer Application.

 

Emergency Pharmaceutical Distribution

Emergency Pharmaceutical Distribution

Utilizing Points of Dispensing Locations in the Event of an Emergency

In the event of a public health emergency, the Health Department is the Will County agency responsible for distribution of pharmaceuticals (antibiotic medications) to the entirety of Will County and any other areas of responsibility by utilizing Points of Dispensing (POD) centers. Points of Dispensing are locations throughout the County which could be used to distribute medications in the event of a health emergency. The Emergency Preparedness and Response Division will undertake a leading role in that process. The staff of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Division has also played a key role in developing The Will County Pharmaceutical Distribution Plan. This plan serves as the protocol for the request, receipt, staging, public notification, and distribution of pharmaceuticals from both the Illinois Pharmaceutical Stockpile and the Strategic National Stockpile provided via the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention respectively. The WCHD reserves the right to enact only portions of this plan if a full-scale distribution is not required.

Since the full support of Will County municipalities and government agencies is paramount in order to effectively carry out the operation of this plan. The Health Department's Emergency Preparedness & Response staff has offered numerous presentations to these government entities in an effort to forge the necessary relationships which will facilitate a smooth operation in the event the plan is activated. Support has been overwhelming from these agencies..

Useful Links:

CDC Strategic National Stockpile

HHS Public Health Emergency; Medical Countermeasures

 

Bioterrorism Preparedness

Bioterrorism Preparedness

Coordinating the Countywide Response to a Biological Attack

Bioterrorism is a form of terrorism using biologic agents that are harmful to humans. This form of terrorism involves the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. Biological agents can be spread through the air, through water, or in food. Terrorists may prefer to use biological agents because they can be extremely difficult to detect and do not cause illness for several hours to several days.

The Emergency Preparedness and Response division of the Will County Health Department plays the leading role in coordinating the countywide response to a real or potential biological attack. To this end, our organization works with local first responders, hospitals, schools, and government agencies to establish protocols for investigation of and response to any suspicious communicable disease outbreak or potential biological attack. In the event of an actual biological attack, the Health Department will coordinate a countywide response with the above agencies, provide updated information to the general public, and facilitate medical management of exposed persons. Planning by government agencies however, no matter how competent, is no substitute for enhanced citizen awareness of the dangers of bioterrorism. The links and information on this page are designed to help every citizen become aware of the signs that a bioterror attack is imminent or occurring.

Useful Links:

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

US Department of Homeland Security

Other useful information is available for download below.

Pandemic Influenza

Pandemic Influenza

Unlike the seasonal flu, a pandemic flu virus poses a unique threat. Since humans have no previously developed immunity against pandemic flu, this new virus strain puts most people at high risk of infection. 
Bioterrorism Preparedness

Bioterrorism Preparedness

Bioterrorism is a form of terrorism using biologic agents that are harmful to humans. This form of terrorism involves the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants.
Emergency Pharmaceutical Distribution

Emergency Pharmaceutical Distribution

In the event of a public health emergency, the Health Department is the Will County agency responsible for distribution of pharmaceuticals (antibiotic medications) to the entirety of Will County and any other areas of responsibility by utilizing Points of Dispensing (POD) centers. 
Medical Reserve Corps

Medical Reserve Corps

In order to meet the public health needs during critical events, the Will County Health Department, in collaboration with the Will County Emergency Management Agency, has formed a Medical Reserve Corps and we are actively recruiting new members. 

Become a Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer

Photos of WCHD Medical Reserve Volunteer Activities

Becoming a volunteer can be a fulfilling experience regardless of why you want to be involved, whether it is simply to meet new people, develop new skills, share your talents and your knowledge, support a cause, or give back to the community.
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