Emergency Preparedness

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Wildfire Season Kicks Off

By |May 23rd, 2014|

The first big fire of the season started this week in Oak Creek Canyon- called the Slide fire.  Smoke is usually the first public health impact from wildland fires.  The air quality in Flagstaff and Sedona has been generally OK- but poor at times depending on the winds (smoke levels in Sedona have been high […]

A Key Measure of Preparedness Improves in AZ

By |March 18th, 2014|

During a major crisis, such as an influenza pandemic, we might need to take extraordinary steps to ensure that healthcare workers have the medicines and supplies on hand to treat patients.  State, local, and federal agencies all participate in the Strategic National Stockpile program to help ensure that these critical resources are available during disaster situations.

The […]

This is An Exercise

By |November 20th, 2013|

Arizona’s public health and healthcare system teamed up with the ADHS including our Bureau of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and the Arizona Division of Emergency Management last week in one of the largest preparedness exercises of the year. The objective was to test and build preparedness capabilities across the emergency management system in AZ.

More than 3,000 public […]

Guide to Community Prevention Services

By |October 22nd, 2013|

Every so often- you run into a resource guide that stands above the rest.  I discovered one of those awhile back called the Guide to Community Preventive Services – and it’s a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in communities.  The easy-to-read resource guide answers questions […]

Guide to Community Prevention Services

By |October 3rd, 2012|

Every so often- you run into a resource guide that stands above the rest.  I discovered one of those a couple of weeks ago when I was at a conference with the people in my job from around the country.  It’s called the Guide to Community Preventive Services – and it’s a free resource to […]

Behavioral Health Care Licensing Web Refresh

By |February 29th, 2012|

Our Office of Behavioral Health Licensing website has a brand-new look.  Check out their new landing page.  Everyone can now enjoy an updated and easy to use web format. The new site includes easy access to AZ Care Check (where the user can get up to date survey and enforcement results for a 3 year history)…  and […]

Regulatory Relief in a Public Health Emergency

By |February 17th, 2011|

I often write about the benefits and leverage we can achieve for our public health goals by partnering with external organizations and Stakeholders, but sometimes the collaborative initiatives are with ourself.  Our Medical Facility Licensing and Emergency Preparedness teams have been working with our licensed facilities to figure out what they’d need in terms of […]

2011 Department Priorities Spotlight – Public Health Preparedness

By |January 4th, 2011|

Medical Marijuana will be implemented in April, 2011.  The coordination of tasks to ensure smooth and efficient implementation is a huge goal for 2011 and cuts across Bureau lines, involving many distinct portions of not only Public Health Preparedness but the Agency as a whole.

Emergency Medical Services

Within the Bureau of Emergency Services and Trauma Systems, […]

“Sink or Swim” Exercise

By |June 23rd, 2010|

Our preparedness team organized and executed a Functional Exercise on Tuesday last week to test Arizona’s hospital system for Interoperable Communications, Tracking of Bed Availability, Deploying Volunteer Health Professionals, Fatality Management, and Medical Evacuation/Shelter-In-Place capabilities.  The exercise focused on hospital, local health, and state health Emergency Operations Center coordination.   

The exercise scenario was called Sink or […]

"Sink or Swim" Exercise

By |June 23rd, 2010|

Our preparedness team organized and executed a Functional Exercise on Tuesday last week to test Arizona’s hospital system for Interoperable Communications, Tracking of Bed Availability, Deploying Volunteer Health Professionals, Fatality Management, and Medical Evacuation/Shelter-In-Place capabilities.  The exercise focused on hospital, local health, and state health Emergency Operations Center coordination.   

The exercise scenario was called Sink or […]