The Newport Office of Local Health is trained and ready to respond to public health emergencies so that people in our community can stay healthy and safe. We work with local, state and federal partners to make sure we are prepared to distribute medicine, supplies and information to residents of Orleans and northern Essex Counties in a health emergency.
The Newport District Office plays a vital role in coordinating the local response to public health emergencies that impact our community.
Become an Emergency Responder
To do this work effectively we rely on the good will and fine-tuned skill of volunteers. We urge interested community members to inquire and join a local Medical Reserve Corps. The Medical Reserve Corps, which is made up of medical and non-medical volunteers, provides training in, and exercising of, nationally recognized core capabilities. This ensures that volunteers are available to support clinics when a public health emergency arises.
We are planning such a corps for the Upper Northeast Kingdom. Help us make it happen!
During some public health emergencies, the Newport Office of Local Health will set up a site where medications can be distributed to the community. The site, called a “point of distribution” or POD site, helps the Health Department get medicine to people who need it as quickly as possible.
We are arranging partnerships with private distribution sites. This allows an organization to distribute medicine to their own employees and their families. We are interested in working with community partners, both public and private, who would like to become a pre-arranged distribution site. If there is a public health emergency, this will allow distributing medicine to employees and their families to prevent infection or disease. This helps to safeguard business and organization continuity.
Are you a large local business or organization interested in becoming a distribution site? Contact our office at 802-334-6707.
- We provide support and participate in hospital preparedness with North Country Hospital, help exercise hospital plans and serve on the NCH Emergency Preparedness Committee.
- We serve on local school safety committees and the county’s Local Emergency Preparedness Committee. We attend meetings throughout the county to provide assistance and answer questions about data, health department initiatives and resources, and emergency preparedness from a public health standpoint.
- We maintain agreements with community partners to ensure that mass clinic space is available on short notice in times of disaster or public health emergencies.
- We provide presentations to first responders, health care agencies and schools on public health emergency preparedness.
- We ensure our staff is trained and ready with needed equipment if called upon to support a public health emergency.
- We conduct emergency preparedness exercises. Led by a local office staff member, these scenarios allow our staff to run through hypothetical public health emergencies. We practice taking steps to notify the public, set up clinics and distribute medications and vaccinations.
The Northeast Vermont Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community-based program of volunteers who donate their time and expertise to promote healthy living throughout the year and to prepare for and respond to emergencies. Volunteers set up and staff first aid stations at events, provide first aid and help community members prepare for emergencies.
MRC volunteers strengthen our community’s health and resiliency in the face of an emergency. You do not need to be in the medical field to volunteer.