Any number of public health emergencies could occur in Independence and the surrounding areas ranging from natural disease outbreaks to deliberate acts of terrorism involving the use of biological agents.
Public health has a significant role to play in emergency response. Public health’s main functions are to provide the community with a plan to maintain good health, to prevent its citizens from getting ill, and to control the spread of disease. Once a public health threat is suspected or identified, the responsibility of public health is to coordinate the overall response. This requires conducting an epidemiological investigation to determine the source, informing medical providers of the status of the situation, providing prophylactic antibiotics or vaccines as appropriate, and informing the general public how to respond to protect themselves.
To find more information on metro-wide preparedness activities and how you/your family can be more prepared at home, please visit http://PrepareMetroKC.org/.
In any emergency it is important to be able to take care of yourself and your family for at least 48 hours. Follow these three steps to be Ready in 3:
It is important to stay calm in an emergency. Get as much information about the situation as possible. Listen to the TV and radio for information. The City of Independence has developed emergency plans. In the event of an emergency listen for instructions and advice.
You have control - not the disaster.