Emergency Preparedness in Rutland County

The Rutland Local Health Office works to improve its ability to respond to public health emergencies so that people in our community can stay healthy and safe. Our Emergency Preparedness Public Health Specialist works with local, state and federal partners to make sure we are prepared to distribute medicine, supplies and information to residents of Rutland County in a health emergency.

Specifically, this work includes:

The Rutland District Office played a vital role in coordinating the local response to a number of recent public health emergencies that directly impacted our community, including:

  • Tropical Storm Irene
  • Pertussis outbreak
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis

The federal government maintains a strategic national stockpile of medicine and supplies to support communities in the event of a public health-related emergency. These materials reach our community through distribution sites. We continuously conduct practice drills at each of the five distribution sites in Rutland County to make sure we are well prepared to respond to and support you.

Private organizations and companies can operate as a distribution site to dispense medications and resources to staff and their families, thereby relieving pressure on public distribution sites during a public health emergency. If you are a local business and are interested in learning more about how to become a distribution site, contact our office at 802-786-5811.

Get Involved

The Medical Reserve Corps 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. Learn more about becoming an MRC volunteer.

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