Frequently Asked Questions
Public Health Preparedness staff field questions on a regular basis. We have tried to
compile a few frequently asked questions here. As always, if you have particular questions, feel free to contact us.
Who do I contact in a public health emergency?
You should contact your local health department. To find yours, click here
What is a public health emergency?
A Public Health Emergency will be defined as any event or situation demanding immediate
action on the part of the public health system in order to prevent disease and injury and/or maintain public health
within the community of service.
Why does a health department need a 24-hour, 7 day a week number?
Health emergencies occur at any hour on any day. The State of Ohio will coordinate alerts
on a health emergency but the local health department is the first responder in a health emergency. In addition, OAC
3701-3-05 demands a mechanism for immediate reporting of Class A-1 diseases.
After Hours Emergency: In the event of a public health emergency, class A reportable disease or bioterrorisim event call the Wood County Sheriff at (419)354-9001 or call 911.
What do you do?
- Conduct disease surveillance and outbreak investigations
- Provide training for the healthcare community and other partners on topics related to public health emergencies,
such as bioterrorism.
- Provide accurate and up-to-date information to residents and visitors of our community through our Web site and
the local media
- Participate in drills and exercises to test our ability to respond to an emergency
- Write plans that will guide the health department's response to a public health emergency
- Conduct training for our Wood County Health District employees on those plans
- Work collaboratively with agency partners
I don’t see my question here, what can I do?
Always feel free to contact us at 419-352-8402.