The Jefferson County Health Department has become more aware of and better prepared for disasters, mass terrorism response and pandemics. The health department has become better prepared for a possible attack by WMD (weapons of mass destruction), including biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear weapons. The health department has also become better prepared for natural disasters, (storms, floods, drought and long term power outages) and large communicable disease outbreaks and pandemics.
On the local level, the Jefferson County Health Department has been directed by the WV State Health Department to plan for and be able to respond to a biological attack (bioterrorism), and to integrate the response with that of the Local Office Of Emergency Services, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, and the local Emergency Planning Committee as well as the surrounding states and jurisdictions.
In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the health department as well as all local emergency services, will need as much volunteer help as possible. If you are interested in helping in any way, log onto wvredi.org and register.