Public Health Preparedness
LCHD is continually strengthing our public health preparedness by collaborating with local emergency partners and engaging in emergency training exercises. Some highlights of our Public Health Preparedness ongoing efforts include:
Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Planning Project: This is a federally funded collaborative team which includes the Detroit Metropolitan Public Health agencies (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, City of Detroit, Livingston, Lapeer, St. Clair and optional participation from Monroe and Washtenaw). The project goal coordinates the infrastructure
necessary to provide medication countermeasures to the entire Livingston County and regions population within 48 hours.
Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program: The SNS contains large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to help protect the public in the event of a public health emergency such as a terrorist attack, flu outbreak or natural disaster.
Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS): LCHD utilizes MDSS and other disease surveillance to monitor for biological threats/incidents. The MDSS is a web-based communicable disease reporting system developed for the State of Michigan.
National Incident Management System (NIMS): LCHD maintains a NIMS compliant workforce and engages in routine training exercises. Full scale exercises were conducted in 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013. Table top exercises are conducted annually.
Preparedness Training Events
In June 2013, Livingston County emergency preparedness partners participated in the
2013 Detroit Biowatch / Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Full-Scale Exercise. The purpose of this exercise was to execute SNS medical countermeasure distribution and dispensing response among state, regional and local partners to an anthrax bioterrorism incident. Partnering agencies and disciplines exercised multiple capability areas and had a successful integrated response to this training exercise.
Partnering local agencies included: LCHD, Livingston County Emergency Mangement, Livingston County EMS, Livingston Essential Transportation System (LETS), Livingston County Drain Commission, Livingston County Sheriff, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, United Way, Volunteer Livingston, Community Emergency Response Team, Livingston American Red Cross, and Region 1 District Medical Response Coalition.
Please see the click on the image below to view a video below which highlights the June 2013 CRI Prepardness Exercise:
2013 CRI Exercise Video (click on image below)
LCHD would like to thank our Public Health Volunteer Response Team, all of the patient volunteers from the community, and our local emergency response partners for a successful preparedness exercise and for helping to make our community more prepared, safe and ready!