Emergency Preparedness

The Emergency Preparedness program in the Henrico Health District works with local, regional, and state partners to plan and prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.  Emergency preparedness in the district is coordinated primarily by the District Emergency Coordinator, District Epidemiologist, and Henrico Medical Reserve Corps (HMRC) Coordinator, but all public health personnel play a vital role in public health emergency preparedness and response.  Examples of public health emergencies and missions include managing and responding to disease outbreaks, providing emergency shelter medical support, and providing coordination of our Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit.

Please take a few minutes to browse this section of the website to learn more about our programs and to take advantage of some personal and professional preparedness resources.


Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through November 30. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict the 2018 hurricane season will be near or above normal, with ten to sixteen named storms and up to four major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.

In 2017, flooding and winds from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused loss of life and catastrophic damage to critical infrastructure and personal property in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Henrico Health District is working with local, state, federal, nonprofit, and private sector partners to prepare for hurricanes and other severe weather.

Visit Virginia Department of Emergency Management to learn more about hurricanes in Virginia and what you and your family can do to prepare.

Volunteer with Henrico Medical Reserve Corps!

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Would you like to support public health emergency preparedness and response in Henrico County? Visit our Volunteer Page to learn more about how you can be a part of our team.

Arboviral Disease Prevention

Mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika Virus Disease and West Nile Virus, are a potential threat in Henrico County. Henrico Health District is part of the Henrico Arboviral Working Group, monitoring for local transmission and sharing important arboviral disease prevention information with the Henrico community. There has been no local transmission of Zika Virus in Virginia. To learn how you can help prevent Zika and West Nile transmission in Henrico County, visit the CDC

website.

CODE Prep

Henrico Health District is actively working to help residents with chronic disease prepare for emergencies and disasters. Our CODE Prep (Chronic Disease Emergency Preparedness) program is one way we are reaching out to the most vulnerable members of our community. As part of the program, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers conduct emergency preparedness outreach and preparedness for dialysis patients, and Henrico Health District is preparing to support dialysis patients in local emergency shelters. If you would like to be a part of this program, visit our Volunteer Page to sign up for Henrico Medical Reserve Corps.

Personal Preparedness

Personal preparedness is vital to helping reduce the impact to families and individuals during natural or man-made disasters.  Please review the guidance below and visit the links to strengthen your personal and family preparedness kits and plans and review ways to stay informed before and during disasters.

 Emergency Kit

Making a Kit

Emergency kits should provide each family member with enough food and water for 48-72 hours.

  • Foods should be “shelf stable” and not require refrigeration.
  • If someone has food allergies make sure to avoid cross contact in the kit
  • The rule of thumb for water is 1 gallon of water, per person, per day.  Special consideration should be given to water for hygiene and for making bottles for infants.
    • 1 Gallon (fluid) = 128 ounces (fluid)
    • 128 ounces = 16 – 8oz. Bottles
    • 4 bottles/day = 4 days of water for bottles only
  • Organize a two week supply of pills in pill organizer
  • Contact medical supply companies and have at least 72 hours worth of supplies, e.g. O2, bandages, etc.
  • Charge all primary and back-up batteries for medical devices
 Plan

Having a Plan

Proper planning is critical in personal preparedness so everyone is familiar with where the kit is and how to stay informed before and during a disaster.

 Radio

Staying Informed

Information and communication are very important before and during disasters.  Below are ways to stay informed.

 Henrico MRS Logo

Getting Involved

Volunteering is a very rewarding experience and many programs offer free disaster preparedness and response training.

  • Henrico Medical Reserve Corps (HMRC)
  • Henrico County Community Emergency Response Team (HCCERT)
  • American Red Cross (Eastern Region)

 

Prepare for Disasters Brochures 

Prepare for Disasters: Special Information For Pregnant Women
Prepare for Disasters: Special Information For Families with Infants or Anyone Caring for a Newborn

Contact Us

Health

Henrico Health Dept.
West Clinic

8600 Dixon Powers Dr.
Henrico, VA 23228

Henrico Health Dept.
East Clinic

1400 N. Laburnum Ave.
Richmond, VA 23223

West End Main
(804) 501-4522
West End Clinic
(804) 501-4651
East End Clinic
(804) 652-3190

Shrader Rd WIC
(804) 501-1610
East End WIC
(804) 652-3180

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

Shrader Road WIC
7740 Shrader Rd, Suite B
Henrico, VA 23228

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