EMERGENCY RESPONSE MISSION
The mission of TriCounty Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Division is to enhance the capability and capacity of individuals and communities; to prepare for, respond to, and recover from man-made or natural disasters that affect the health of the residents of the Tri-County area.
ROLE OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN EMERGENCY REPSPONSE
The Essential Public Health Services describe the public health activities that should be undertaken in all communities. The Core Public Health Functions Steering Committee developed the framework for the Essential Services in 1994. This steering committee included representatives from US Public Health Service agencies and other major public health organizations. The Essential Services provide a working definition of public health and a guiding framework for the responsibilities of local public health systems.
- Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
- Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
- Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
- Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.
- Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
- Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
- Link needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
- Assure competent health care workforce.
- Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
- Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
The CodeRED Notification System – an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency and public outreach notifications. This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the county in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action (such as a boil-water notice, missing child or evacuation notices) and for community outreach.
The system is capable of dialing 50,000 phone calls per hour. It then delivers our recorded message to a live person or an answering machine, making three attempts to connect to any number.
The Offices of Emergency Management in Daggett, Duchesne, Uintah and the Ute Tribe will periodically activate a CodeRED non-emergency/public awareness phone campaign to update the system. Phone numbers and emails in the CodeRED system need to be periodically updated. Exercising the CodeRED service through public notifications, and not just through emergency warnings, provides emergency management the ability to update the system and maintain current data. This benefits Uintah Basin citizens because it precludes the system from calling phone numbers that are no longer active; thereby speeding the delivery of notifications to local residents.