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Items in the Preparedness category will cover everything from Emergency Medical Services to vaccination programs. This division at ADHS tracks contagious disease, coordinates emergency preparedness activity, licenses EMTs and Paramedics, regulates ambulance companies, authorizes special hospital designations like cardiac care center and Level IV trauma center, issues birth and death certificates, and tracks critical health data through various sources including hospital discharge information.

ADHS Playbook will guide leaders in emergencies

By | November 5th, 2018|Preparedness|

During a disaster, local, state, and federal governments can declare a state of emergency to free up emergency funding and waive certain regulatory requirements that can impede rapid response. The steps for issuing such a declaration are often complicated by differing laws at the various levels of government. Additionally, it is not always clear how [...]

Recent Ebola Activity in the DRC

By | October 23rd, 2018|Preparedness|

Increased Ebola activity has been reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since May 2018. Swift and effective public health responses, including the use of an experimental Ebola vaccine, have been successful in containing the outbreak in the northwestern part of the country, which was declared over on July 24. However, a second [...]

Arizona Public Health Works to Improve Vaccine Coverage for Children

By | October 23rd, 2018|Preparedness|

Vaccines are critical to protecting the health of all Arizonans because they help stop the spread of numerous dangerous diseases, such as measles and whooping cough. Not everyone is old enough or healthy enough to be protected with vaccines, which is why it’s so important that nearly everyone else in our community is fully vaccinated. [...]

National Increase in Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

By | October 22nd, 2018|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted an increase in reported and confirmed Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) cases in 2018. AFM is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system causing a sudden onset of arm and/or leg weakness. AFM has a number of causes, including viruses, such as enterovirus and West Nile virus, and a [...]

Influenza is here and so is our new interactive dashboard!

By | October 17th, 2018|Preparedness|

The 2018–2019 influenza season has arrived in Arizona! Since the beginning of October, Arizona had 56 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza reported from 10 counties, compared to 16 cases typically seen at this time of year. This means if you and your family have not been vaccinated for this season, now is the time. The influenza [...]

AZ Poster Contest to Raise Awareness about Valley Fever

By | October 5th, 2018|Preparedness|

Although many types of fungal disease occur in our country, there is one that poses the greatest risk to our health in the desert southwest.  In Arizona, valley fever has a large impact with over 5,000 reported cases, 700 hospitalizations, and 50 deaths each year. To raise awareness about this disease, the Arizona Department of Health Services [...]

National Preparedness Month: What would you do if…?

By | September 28th, 2018|Preparedness|

As National Preparedness Month comes to an end, remember that preparing for emergencies and disasters is a year-round effort. Arizona may not be vulnerable to destructive hurricanes like Florence, but we are at risk of flooding, wildfires, power outages, severe weather, and other unforeseen hazards. One question to ask yourself, your friends, and your family [...]

Syphilis outbreak impacts the health of women and babies

By | September 25th, 2018|Preparedness|

Arizona is facing an outbreak of syphilis, with the biggest increase of cases in women and newborns. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has been working with partners on strategies to increase early detection and treatment, especially for pregnant women, to reduce the potentially devastating health effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [...]

National Preparedness Month: Community Preparedness

By | September 18th, 2018|Preparedness|

Community preparedness is a crucial part of protecting yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors during emergencies and disasters. Being neighborly, being informed and being involved can make all the difference. If you haven’t already done so, get to know your neighbors and understand what type of assistance they may need during a disaster. People [...]

National Preparedness Month: Get Informed, Stay Informed

By | September 14th, 2018|Preparedness|

In today’s world, there is a mind-boggling number of information sources all around us. There are apps, websites, social media, TV, video streaming services, radio and newspapers. It is critical to know which sources to trust when you or your family are at risk during a natural disaster or another emergency. The Arizona Emergency Information [...]