Public Health Emergency Preparedness involves coordinating, planning, and communicating with partner agencies and organizations and the community to understand potential threats and effective responses to Public Health Emergencies. Freeborn County Public Health is continually preparing to respond to public health emergencies - including; illness related to food or water, a communicable disease outbreak, and health related effects from natural or man made disasters. The threat of bioterrorism, along with the recognition that many common occurrences like food borne illnesses, power outages, floods and other natural disasters have public health impacts, has driven the need for local public health departments across the state, along with the Minnesota Department of Health, to prepare responses to a wide variety of events. Freeborn County Public Health will share accurate and up-to-date information and resources before, during and after a public health emergency.
Freeborn County Public Health is currently developing and testing public health emergency response plans. This includes planning for mass clinics to dispense medications or vaccinations in case of a local or regional communicable disease outbreak and planning to assist the Minnesota Department of Health in areas such as disease surveillance, follow-up, and monitoring. A county-wide Emergency Preparedness committee currently meets bi-monthly to discuss preparedness-related issues. Staff is available for presentations to community groups to discuss emergency preparedness and planning and share how county businesses, agencies, organizations, families and individuals can be involved in planning and response.