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Planning - Public Health Preparedness

Eastern Idaho Public Health's (EIPH) Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and annexes provide details of EIPH's response strategy to a natural or manmade disaster, communicable disease outbreak, or other public health emergency. EIPH has integrated the National Incident Management System (NIMS), as well as the Incident Command System (ICS), in our planning, training, and exercising efforts.

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Strategic National Stockpile contains a cache of life-saving medicines and medical supplies that will be delivered in the event of a major public health emergency. The stockpile is available to help supplement local resources when they become exhausted. At a minimum, supplies could be delivered to a designated area within 12 hours of the federal decision to deploy these assets. During the 2009 H1N1 response, EIPH received a supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and flu antivirals to be used if the current supply within the community had been depleted.

To learn more about CDC's Strategic National Stockpile, please visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
Strategic National Stockpile Website

Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning
Also referred to as Business Continuity Planning, COOP Planning attempts to mitigate the lasting impact and interruption to business practice resulting from a catastrophic event or disaster, including flood, earthquake, and pandemic influenza. Developed in the 1980's, COOP planning stems from a national security mission to ensure the survivability and sustainability of the United States against a potential catastrophic event that may have long-term effects. While many Federal and State agencies are focused on developing plans for Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG), EIPH would like to encourage our local business partners to address their own COOP processes to ensure their ability to continue to provide goods and services to our communities in disaster situations.

To learn more about COOP Planning, please visit:

Federal Emergency Management Agency's
Continuity of Operations Website

For More Information
For more information about Planning for public health emergencies, please contact:

Troy Nelson
Eastern Idaho Public Health
1250 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
E-mail: tnelson@eiph.idaho.gov

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