One of the core functions of the Merced County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is to prevent the spread of communicable disease and to identify disease outbreaks in Merced County. The MCDPH has been dealing with bioterrorism preparedness and response related activities since shortly after the events of 9/11/2001 in having to respond to a series of possible anthrax-related and unknown / suspicious powder-related incidents that were reported over a several week period.
Since then, preparedness and response activities have continued to expand within the Health Department. The MCDPH has received funding to enhance its ability to respond to a multitude of disasters, including the threat of bioterrorism. The MCDPH’s Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan outlines the activities of the various divisions within the MCDPH in responding to Bioterrorism, naturally occurring disease outbreaks, earthquakes, floods and many other types of man-made or natural disasters.
In order to respond efficiently to disasters, the Merced County Department of Public Health has updated the Medical – Health Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The plan is designed to assist the Department of Public Health and other medical and health personnel throughout the County of Merced to plan for, respond to and recover from a natural disaster or human-caused event. Periodically, the plan is tested and updated. Please contact us to provide your feedback on the EOP at PublicHealth@co.merced.ca.us.