The Allegan County Health Department, Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Division coordinates the public health response to natural or human-caused emergencies. These emergencies includes actual or potential public health hazard, such as communicable disease outbreaks, environmental sanitation hazards, emergencies involving toxic and hazardous materials, and other chemical, biological and radiological incidents. The PHEP develops plans, conducts trainings and collaborates with Community, Regional, and State stakeholders to prepare for and protect the public in a disaster or emergency situation.
The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator manages the distribution of the Strategic National Stockpile's medical countermeasures to the Allegan County population during a disaster or emergency event. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Strategic National Stockpile is the nation’s largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.
The stockpile ensures the right medicines and supplies are available when and where needed to save lives. In case of a public health emergency, the Allegan County Health Department will open Point of Dispensing (POD) sites for mass dispensing of medical countermeasures such as antibiotics, antitoxins and/or vaccines from the Strategic National Stockpile to the public.