Emergency Preparedness


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September is National Preparedness Month

The Ready Campaign recently announced the theme for the 2017 National Preparedness Month, a nationwide, month-long effort to raise awareness on the importance of emergency preparedness. This year's overarching theme is "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can." Each week in the month of September also has a theme promoting preparedness actions individuals, families, and communities can take at home, work, schools, businesses, and places of worship:

  • Week 1: September 1-9: Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
  • Week 2: September 10-16: Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
  • Week 3: September 17-23: Practice and Build Out Your Plans
  • Week 4: September 24-30: Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

Visit the National Preparedness Month website to learn how you can get involved.

Are you prepared? The fact sheets below contain information that can help you keep your family and your home safe and prepared for emergencies—and help you avoid environmental hazards.

This important information is available to you through Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHEPR) program. PHEPR prepares public health staff, healthcare providers, and other community agencies to respond effectively to public health emergencies in Pierce County.

In the event of a disaster or other emergency event that has great impact on the health of the public, the Tacoma-Pierce County Director of Health and Board of Health have broad legal authority to take action to protect the health of the people within Pierce County.

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For more information on the legal authority of the local Health Officer and local Board of Health, please see the following regulations:

  • Required to institute disease prevention and infection control measures (WAC 246-100-036)
  • Authorized to carry out necessary steps to prevent disease and control infection (WAC 246-101-505)
  • Authorized to enforce the public health statutes of the state and all local health rules, regulations and ordinances (RCW 70.05.070)
  • Directed to take actions to preserve life and health of people within their jurisdiction (RCW 70.05.060)

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is also part of the Northwest Healthcare Response Network working with healthcare providers in both King and Pierce County to ensure a coordinated and effective response to disasters. For more information, visit www.nwhrn.org.

For more information about PHEPR, please call (253) 798-6556 or email cmiron@tpchd.org.