Health Preparedness Office
in Allegany County
The mission of the
Public Health Preparedness Office is to
provide an organized and responsive public healthintervention
all emergencies. Public Health emergencies include natural events
(like the floods) and intentional acts (like the use of biological
weapons for mass destruction.) The Health Department serves
a community resource for education, training and information
public health emergencies.
Bioterrorism is a unique form of terrorism which entails the use of biological
organisms for the sole purpose of spreading potentially deadly
diseases. Bioterrorism is the unlawful or threatened use of
microorganisms or toxins derived from living organisms to produce
death or disease in humans, animals, or plants. The act is intended
to create fear, inflict injury and/or death, and to intimidate
governments or societies in the pursuit of political, religious,
or ideological goals.
Health has a critical role in bioterrorism preparedness and response.
Public Health response includes identifying the disease, stopping
and preventing the spread of disease, and establishing dispensing
sites to treat affected persons, and provides information to
the community on ways to avoid contamination.
In the event of a bioterrorism emergency, the health
department has established emergency procedures to help protect
the community. These procedures include the release of public
information on ways residents can protect themselves, and agreements
with specific local agencies to set up outlying medication clinics,
as necessary. Finally, the health department participates as
a member of the emergency response community to work collaboratively
on any public health emergency.