The St. Albans 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 with local, state and federal partners to make sure we are prepared to distribute medicine, supplies and information to residents of Franklin and Grand Isle counties in a health emergency.The St. Albans Local Health Office coordinates with local schools, non-profits, businesses and first responders to support and protect our community in the event of a public health emergency.
During some public health emergencies, the St. Albans 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 Liza at our office at 802-527-5572.
- We provide support and participate in hospital preparedness with the Northwestern Medical Center (NMC), help exercise hospital plans and serve on the NMC Emergency Preparedness Committee.
- We serve on the county's Local Emergency Preparedness Committees. We attend meetings throughout the two counties 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 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.
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.
Interested in becoming an MRC volunteer? Check out OnCall for VT,or contact Liza, at 802-527-5572, or email Liza.Comiskey@vermont.gov. Stay tuned to the Northwest Vermont Medical Reserve Corps Facebook page to read more about recent and upcoming activities.
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:
- Check Vermont 2-1-1 for information on cooling shelters, cold weather information and many other community resources.
- Northwest Vermont Medical Reserve Corp
- Northwestern Medical Center
- Northwest Regional Planning Commission
- We are also part of the Local Emergency Planning Committees which include government organizations, first responders, hospitals, large businesses and regional planning professionals.