Calvert County Health Department
In the aftermath of the events of September and October 2002, terrorism has been the subject of increasing concern. The Calvert County Health Department has been working to enhance emergency preparedness and response to terrorist incidents.
These efforts, in collaboration and partnership with local, state and federal agencies, have strengthened our existing infrastructure for the surveillance of infectious diseases (click here for information on Smallpox) and improved our capability to detect and investigate outbreaks and incidents.
Preparing for a bioterrorist incident is similar to preparing for a natural disaster. Although, both are unpredictable, steps can be taken to be better prepared. Many of the skills and knowledge that would be needed in a bioterrorist incident are the same used daily at the health department to protect the public's health and prevent disease.
Likewise, the steps Calvert County citizens routinely take to be prepared for hurricane season are similar to those you would need in a bioterrorist event.
The American Red Cross recommends the following:
- Create an emergency communications plan for your family
- Establish a meeting place for your family members
- Assemble a disaster supply kit
- Know what to do if disaster strikes
- Practice and maintain your plans
More information on disaster preparedness and bioterrorism can be found at the following web sites:
The staff at the Calvert County Health Department, Disease Surveillance and Response Division is available to talk to you about bioterrorism during business hours at 410.535.5400.