Emergency Preparedness and Response
Public Health Preparedness
The Florida Department of Health in Sumter (FLDOH-Sumter) is the lead agency for Emergency Support Function 8 (Health and Medical). FLDOH-Sumter is tasked with staffing Special Needs Shelters in Sumter County as well as having a representative present at the Emergency Operations Center during natural or man-made disasters.
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County is proud to sponsor the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Sumter County. The MRC is intended to augment local community and state-level health and medical services utilizing pre-identified, trained and credentialed healthcare professionals and medical support staff to respond to a natural or man-made disaster as well as public health emergency. In addition, MRC volunteers may be called upon to work on specific community health projects or initiatives. For more information visit: http://www.sumtercountymrc.org/index.html
Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP)
The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County sponsors the Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP). The goal of this program is to organize and educate communities to increase their level of preparedness in handling all types of emergency incidents. The program is designed to engage and mobilize teams to help foster self-sufficiency at the residential level.
Visit NEPP for more information.
Sumter County is Public Health Ready
The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County attained this national award which honors a limited number of Health Departments across the nation each year that have proven through a rigorous process that they have established plans, procedures, and protocols to respond to the disaster needs of their local community.
For more information on Project Public Health Ready, go to http://naccho.org/topics/emergency/pphr.cfm
Visit the following links for up to date weather information as well as more information on how to prepare for a disaster or public health emergency.