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, a trained Homeland Security Exercise Evaluator, 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:
- Participating in the Rutland Local Emergency Planning Committee
- Partnering with the Rutland County Regional Planning Commission on training and emergency exercises.
- Participating in the Rutland Regional Medical Center’s 2016 Disaster Drill. This full-size exercise tested the preparedness and response of local, regional and state agencies should a real crisis occur.
- Evaluating emergency exercises at Rutland Regional Emergency Center.
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 sitesduring a public health emergency. Are you a local business and are interested in learning more about how to become a distribution site? Contact our office at 802-786-5811.
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.