Emergency Preparedness

Our priority is the promotion of health, well-being, and a safe environment for all community members.  Our team provides plans and processes to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards in potential and actual health and medical situations that may affect Worcester County.

 

Program Description


The Emergency Preparedness team serves as the primary agency responsible for coordinating emergency support functions as they relate to the protection of public health, the provision of medical care, and the dissemination of public health information necessary to strengthen community response before, during and after a public health incident.

Services

  • Outreach.
  • Education.
  • Plan development guidance.

 

Avian Influenza:

Several publications are available to the public regarding avian influenza.

 

 


Partners:

  • The American Red Cross
  • Department of Maryland State Police
  • Atlantic General Hospital
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Maryland Office of Preparedness and Response
  • Regional health departments
  • Maryland Emergency Management Agency
  • Worcester County Agencies:
  • Worcester County Emergency Services
  • Worcester County Fire Marshall & HAZMAT
  • Worcester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Worcester County Board of Education,
  • Volunteer Services
  • Worcester County Public Works
  • Worcester County Environmental Programs
  • Worcester County Department of Social Services
  • Ocean City Emergency Services
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Local nursing homes
  • Local police agencies
  • Virginia Eastern Shore Health District
  • Delmarva Regional Healthcare Mutual Aid Group
  • Delmarva Influenza Task Force

Resources/links:

 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

Snow Hill, MD-National Great American Smokeout Day returns on November 15. For individuals thinking about quitting smoking, this is the perfect time to take that first step. The Great American Smokeout may offer just the support you need by knowing that other smokers are also giving up cigarettes for the day.

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Know your risk and prevention strategies.

Snow Hill, MD- November marks National Diabetes Awareness Month and Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) is encouraging both those with diabetes and those at-risk for developing the disease to use healthy practices and prevention techniques this fall and winter. For those already living with diabetes, WCHD sponsors a free monthly diabetes support group monthly every third Wednesday, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Snow Hill Library. A Registered Dietitian and Community Health Educator facilitate the support group and the monthly topics help participants reinforce self-management skills.

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SNOW HILL, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department urges all residents age 6 months and older, including pregnant women and those with medical conditions, to be vaccinated for the 2018-2019 seasonal flu. People age 65 years and older have a choice of two flu vaccines available to them at the Worcester County Health Department. They can choose to receive a regular flu vaccine or a high dose flu vaccine which may result in a stronger immune response against the flu.

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Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.

This bacterium is found in the nose, throat and mouth of an infected person, and can be easily spread. Pertussis can occur at any age, but often causes serious problems in babies, and is usually milder in older children and adults. Children who are too young to be fully vaccinated and those that have not received all their vaccinations are at highest risk for severe illness and complications. Complications of pertussis can include pneumonia (infection of the lungs), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), seizures, and other physical and medical outcomes associated with a severe cough.

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Our new Just Walk Worcester website has information on local parks, walking tips, and videos of trails in our area. If you like to walk, check it out! Click the image below to see the new site. 

 

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 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program