Emergency Preparedness Program
The Florida Department of Health in Gulf County emergency preparedness program is based on Federal and State guidelines and has written plans to respond to all types of disasters, not solely hurricanes. The Department's Office of Safety and Preparedness works closely with Gulf County Government's Emergency Operations team and the Florida Department of Health.
Gulf County Health Department is honored as "Public Health Ready"
The Florida Department of Health in Gulf County has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to respond to public health emergencies. NACCHO, the voice of the 2,800 local health departments across the country, provides resources to help local health department leaders develop public health policies and programs to ensure that communities have access to vital programs and services that people need to keep them protected from disease and disaster.
The Florida Department of Health in Gulf County met the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PPHR is a criteria-based public health preparedness program that assesses local health department capacity to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.
Local health departments recognized by PPHR undergo a rigorous evaluation by peer review. PPHR required the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County to meet a set of national standards for public health preparedness in three key areas: preparedness planning, workforce competency, and demonstration of all-hazards readiness through exercises or a response to a real event. PPHR recognition confirms that the FDOH in Gulf County has a thorough and coordinated emergency response plan in place, that agency staff members are trained, and that the agency exercises the plan and uses it during public health emergencies.
For more information on Project Public Health Ready, including recognized sites, project tools, and resources, visit http://www.naccho.org/PPHR .