The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program staff collaborate with regional partners to develop and maintain a Regional Public Health Emergency Response Annex (RPHERA) that describes critical operational functions during an emergency and what entities are responsible for carrying them out. Regional Annex takes an “All Hazards” approach to preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a public health emergency. The plan is comprised of a base plan and supplemented by function-specific appendices. The RPHERA clearly describe the policies, processes, roles, and responsibilities that municipalities and partner agencies carry out before, during, and after any public health emergency, including:
Activation and operation of Points of Dispensing (PODs) - Facilities set up to provide medication/vaccine to the region within 48 hours
Mass triage and alternate care sites in the event that our medical providers are overwhelmed
Isolation and quarantine measures to respond to communicable disease outbreaks
Regional PH emergency response coordination
Public information and warning protocols, procedures and templates
Mass fatality management
The plan includes contact information for regional partners, including those who would be integral in a response to a public health emergency, media outlets, municipal and non-governmental organizations, as well as state partners. The RPHERA is compliant with the Incident Management System (ICS) and includes reference materials to be used in an emergency.