Recent events have prompted several questions about what local public health officials are doing to guarantee public health. The role of the St. Clair County Health Department has always been to address public health needs and respond to emergencies. The St. Clair County Health Department wants every resident to be assured that the agency has taken and is continuing to take the necessary steps to respond to emergencies. St. Clair County Health Department has been working closely with East Side Health District, Emergency Services and Disaster Agency, Local First Responders, municipalities and other federal, state and local agencies to develop emergency response plans. In the event of a natural disaster, the health departments will assist first responders, such as fire fighters and police, as needed, for such things as immunizations, food and water safety, and sanitation control. We will also serve as an information source for the public, providing important health and environmental information pertinent to the disaster. Health departments are also working with federal, state and local agencies to protect the public from a bioterrorism incident. Bioterrorism is the intentional use of a biological or chemical agent to harm or kill people. In the event of a biological incident the local health department will be a lead agency, and assist in the coordination and response efforts.
St. Clair County’s safety does not fall soley into the hands of its two health departments though. Being prepared is the best protection against any emergency situation. Please review this site and use it as a resource to help make plans to protect yourselves and your families.
St. Clair County Health Department please call (618) 233-7769.