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Rockland County Department Of Health Recognized For Achievement In Emergency Preparedness

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Emergency Preparedness

Rockland County Department of Health will join 138 other local health departments that have achieved national recognition for readiness to face bio-terrorism events, new epidemics, natural disasters, and other public health emergencies.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) honored the agencies as part of Project Public Health Ready, a program conducted by NACCHO with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NACCHO has been issuing the honors for the past three years.

The achievement demonstrates excellence in three areas: planning for emergency preparedness, developing a competent workforce, and conducting exercises that simulate emergencies and give communities a chance to practice and evaluate their response. Each applicant must demonstrate that it has met all of the Project Public Health Ready requirements to receive this recognition.

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"This community continues to be a leader in emergency preparedness, in public health, and in public safety," said Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef. "Still, the most important factor in determining whether we succeed in responding to an emergency will be the actions of our citizens in advance planning, cooperating with authorities, and helping each other during emergencies."

NACCHO's Executive Director Patrick Libbey, who announced the names of the recognized agencies, said, "Each of these agencies is a model of public health preparedness." He added, "Each of these five agencies has shown exemplary leadership and multi-pronged achievement in the hard work of emergency readiness."

The agency applied for the honor, submitting a detailed set of materials. Applications were reviewed by a panel of local health officials, local public health agency staff, and representatives from a number of national public health organizations besides NACCHO.

A total of 139 health departments have received Project Public Health Ready recognition in the three years of the project. That includes 43 individual local health departments and five regional partnerships consisting of 96 local health departments, there are approximately 2850 local health departments in the United States.

Extensive planning efforts have been undertaken to ensure Rockland County's first responders are fully prepared for future acts of terrorism or other emergencies.