Emergency Preparedness Program
John Lile, Preparedness Coordinator
Ph (502)564-9336 / Fax (502)564-5672
The Franklin County Health Department is working with our county emergency response partners to ensure citizens are protected if a bioterrorism attack, disease outbreak or natural disaster when it happens in our community. These events could have long term impact on the community’s health and safety and disrupt our daily routines. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), the department has joined with local officials, emergency management, Police, Fire, EMS, hospital and treatment centers to develop plans to respond to all hazards that the community may experience.
- Strategic National Stockpiles (SNS): In the event of a bioterrorism attack the CDC has a stockpile of vaccines, antibiotics and medical supplies that will be delivered to treat victims. The county has a plan to receive and distribute these medications to county residents.
- Points of Dispensing (POD): In a bioterrorism incident or a disease outbreak like avian or pandemic Influenza, medications will be distributed a preset locations throughout the county. The head of households will be asked to receive medications for all members of the family at a POD. The Department will have a short timeframe to distribute the medications to the entire county population.
- K-HELPS / MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS: In order set these community protections into action, the department will need volunteers who can assist in distributing medications. Needed are both people with medical skills and those who can assist with the logistics needed to carry out a countywide distribution plan. Persons interested in volunteering may become a member of the Franklin County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The volunteers will be required to undergo a criminal background check and receive training on Incident Command System (ICS), the Strategic National Stockpiles (SNS) Program and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).