Local health departments across the nation have always been responsible for prevention the spread of reportable diseases. Since 2002, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness program and the IL Department of Public Health, Will County Health Department (WCHD) is among 94 local health departments in IL to receive funding for emergency preparedness. These funds allow WCHD the capacity and capability to effectively respond to a public health event, including biological emergencies like anthrax, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters.
WCHD Emergency Preparedness & Response program works with many federal, state and local governments and private agencies to provide a quick response to potential public health emergencies. WCHD is responsible for planning and preparing to quickly and safely distribute medicine during a public health emergency to the residents of Will County. These medicines, supplied by the government from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), may keep people from getting sick. In order to quickly dispense medications in Will County, the health department has planned and prepared to open Points of Dispensing (PODs). A POD is a place that will be used to dispense medicines to a large number of people.