Office of Emergency Services
The Office of Emergency Services serves the communities of Sierra County in times of major disasters. Our goal is to protect the lives and property by assisting first responders to help manage resources. This office works with, and is under the auspices of the California Office of Emergency Services(CalOES).
Public Health Emergency Preparedness
What does Public Health have to do with emergencies, isn't everything handled by law and fire agencies?
In recent years the leaders of our nation have come to realize we face a whole new variety of threats. The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic underscored the importance of communities being prepared for potential threats. Because of its unique abilities to respond to infectious, occupational, or environmental incidents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plays a pivotal role in ensuring that state and local public health systems are prepared for these and other public health incidents.
The Health Department’s role in emergency is focused on disease prevention and reporting, medical needs beyond first response, medical surge at local clinics, assist with medical needs of displaced people, response to disease outbreak related to food borne illness, chemical contamination, and viruses.
CDC identified the following 15 public health preparedness capabilities as the basis for state and local public health preparedness:
- Emergency Operations Coordination
- Public Health Laboratory Testing
- Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiology Investigation
- Emergency Public Information and Warning
- Information Sharing
Community Resilience - Information Sharing
- Community Preparedness
- Community Recovery
- Fatality Management
- Mass Care
- Medical Surge
- Volunteer Management
Countermeasures and Mitigation
- Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
- Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
- Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions
- Responder Safety and Health