Public Health Preparedness

The Public Health Coordinator works closely with federal, state and local agencies to develop plans for emergency response to both natural and man-made disasters, enabling Adams County to be prepared for mass events that may affect public health.

The Adams County Public Health Preparedness office is responsible for recognizing the needs of our population in the event of a crisis, and addressing those needs through careful planning. After the tragic events of 9/11, the State of Indiana recognized the need for stronger security measures and preparedness plans to address potential hazards to public health. Local health departments began receiving grant money to enable them to respond to and recover from biological, chemical, and radiological incidents. As time passed and the grant evolved, the need for mass prophylaxis and crisis plans became evident.

Crisis Plans
This office has developed a Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications (CERC) plan, as well as a Mass Prophylaxis plan for Adams County, and is ready to implement these plans if a public health disaster should occur. The CERC and Mass Prophylaxis plans utilize National Incident Management guidelines, and rely on the coordination and cooperation of many community entities, including:
  • Emergency Management
  • EMS
  • Fire Departments
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmacies
  • Police Departments
  • Schools
These groups often participate in the emergency drills held by the state, and are a vital part of the County’s response to a disaster. The CERC and Mass Prophylaxis plans are continually updated to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.