Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, and Woodson counties each receive federal funds that are used to build our preparedness abilities to respond to biological terrorism or a massive disease outbreak that would require providing medications or injections to the entire county population in a short period of time.
In order to receive these funds, the individual Health Departments have been required to develop multiple plans that could be used in a variety of public health emergency responses. The Health Departments are required to update the plans quarterly and practice them on an annual basis.
Many hours are spent working on emergency preparedness. The plans and exercises are reviewed annually by KDHE. If an actual emergency were to occur, our Health Departments would widely publish dates and times of immunizations, etc. This information would be published on our web site, and flyers would be posted in local grocery stores, libraries, city halls, and various county businesses. We would utilize the local radio and TV stations, along with newspapers, to reach our citizens.
The SEK Multi County Health Administrator and each county's Public Health Nurse work closely with all local law enforcement agencies and medical personnel, such as hospitals and physician offices, to ensure that we are ultimately prepared to handle bioterrorism attacks or disease outbreaks.