The Fulton County Board of Health’s Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) is responsible for developing and implementing plans to address and protect the health and safety of the community when emergencies and disasters occur.
In order to ensure effective preparation, the OEP conducts drills and exercises on an ongoing basis in order to test response strategies and timeliness in coordination with the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Office of Emergency Preparedness. These activities are very important as they provide opportunities to test specific protocols such as communication procedures, essential personnel needed, and quickly establishing central treatment facilities.
This office is one of the most involved in responding to the aftermath of severe weather or natural disasters (i.e., ice storms, tornadoes, and flooding) where medical and public health services are needed, as well as the distribution of clean water and food.
Fulton County Medical Reserve Corps
The Fulton County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a network of volunteers who donate their time and expertise to supplement public health initiatives and when additional emergency medical response is needed.
This is a national program that is managed on a local level for medical and nonmedical professionals who want to help their communities when they are struggling to address urgent circumstances.
How Can I Volunteer?
If you are interested in serving as a member of the Fulton County Medical Reserve Corps, please sign-up on the SERVGA website. Those who register will receive additional information about upcoming orientations and other meeting opportunities.
Emergency Preparedness Tips
Make a Family Emergency Plan
An emergency can strike at any time. Being prepared for a disaster can keep you and your family safe.
Put together your family’s emergency plan by discussing the following questions with your family, friends and neighbors:
- How will we receive our emergency alerts?
- What is our shelter plan?
- What is our evacuation plan?
Consider the Specific Needs of Your Household
Be sure to tailor the plan to your family’s specific needs. Below is a list of things to consider:
- Different ages of members within your household and what they are capable of
- Locations that are familiar
- Dietary needs
- Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
- Disabilities or access to functional needs including devices and equipment
- Languages spoken
- Cultural and religious considerations
- Pets or service animals