The Burlington Local Health Office is trained and ready to respond to public health emergencies so that people in our community can stay healthy and safe. We work wtih local state and federal partners to make sure we are prepared to distribute medicine, supplies and information to residents of Chittenden County in a health emergency. The Burlington Local Health Office played a vital role in coordinating the local response to recent public health emergencies that impacted our community, including the mumps outbreaks that occured at local colleges in Chittenden County in 2018.
During some public health emergencies, the Burlington Local Health Office 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 802-863-7323.
- We provide support and participate in hospital preparedness with the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC), help exercise hospital plans and serve on the UVMMC 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 Chittenden County 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.
We collaborate with state and local partners to educate our community on how to safely and effectively prepare for emergencies. Here is a list of partners:
- Vermont 2-1-1 for information on shelters available during weather events and many other community resources.
- UVM Medical Center
- Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC)
- Chittenden County Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC 1)
- United Way of Northwest Vermont
- Medical Reserve Corps