Farmington Valley Health District Participates in State-wide Public Health Preparedness Exercise
The Farmington Valley Health District will be participating in a state-wide exercise this week, in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), and other state and local partners. The exercise will test the state’s ability to obtain emergency medical supplies from the federal Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).
Managed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the SNS Program has large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the public if there is a large-scale health emergency or disaster — such as a disease outbreak like pandemic flu or a terrorist attack severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.
The FVHD would be responsible for dispensing medicine to the public living in the Farmington Valley and has developed plans for many different public health emergencies. During a real emergency, FVHD would communicate with the public in a variety of ways including emergency notification systems, the FVHD and member town websites, and press releases to news outlets.
As part of the exercise, DPH will open a warehouse to receive and deliver simulated supplies throughout the State. These supplies will be delivered by truck to locations throughout the State in preparation for distribution to the public. The Farmington Valley Health District will be testing its ability to receive the supplies at a designated receiving site. The drill concludes once the supplies are off-loaded and signed for locally.
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The FVHD serves the towns of Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, East Granby, Farmington, Granby, Hartland, New Hartford and Simsbury. From restaurant inspections and septic system approvals to disease outbreak investigations and health education, we work hard to create a healthy and safe community for the approximate 110,000 residents of the Farmington Valley.
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