The Public Health Preparedness Program at the Casper-Natrona County Health Department is responsible for writing, implementing, testing and updating all disaster preparedness plans. In addition, the staff responds to emergencies in the community from small oil spills to disease outbreaks.
Planning at the CNCHD involves a multidisciplinary and multiagency approach to planning efforts. Plans are updated at least annually, or more often as needed. The Preparedness staff at the CNCHD belong to many multi-disciplinary groups whose goals are to prepare, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies in Natrona County.
Plans that are maintained by the preparedness program include:
- Emergency Operations Plan
- Emergency Support Function #8 Attachment
- Continuity of Operations
- Surveillance and Epidemiological Response
- Community Disease Containment
- Risk Communication
- Functional and Access Needs
- Pandemic Influenza
- Volunteer Management
- Medical Countermeasures Dispensing
- Training and Exercise
- Environmental Safety Operations
- Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability
- Outbreak Control Center
- Chemical, Biological, Explosion
- Radiation, Nuclear
- Airport Response
The Public Health Preparedness Program also oversees the Volunteer Natrona County Medical Reserve Corps. This group of individuals is trained to respond to public health emergencies and assist with other public health priorities in Natrona County.