The State Health Improvement Plan includes goals to increase community engagement in public health emergency activities and strengthen the capacity to respond to public health emergencies in a timely manner. Emergency preparedness requires participation from government, individuals and communities.
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Public Health Emergency Preparedness is an important aspect of community health. Having the capacity to respond efficiently, effectively, and safely in a public health emergency can save lives and minimize the effects of a public health threat. A public health emergency can result from various hazards including natural disasters such as a hurricane, disease outbreaks such as pandemic flu, and deliberate acts such as aerosolized release of anthrax. In the event of a public health emergency we receive guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Our regional leadership group, called the Regional Preparedness Coordinator Committee, is made up of municipalities, fire departments, first responders, police departments, hospitals, family service organizations, colleges/schools, and County government.
Kirsten Vigneault first entered the field of Emergency Management back in 2011 as a Fire Fighter and Emergency Medical Technician in Vermont during tropical storm Irene. She has since expanded her knowledge and expertise into the public health field including creating and maintain the regions public health emergency annex to be used in the event of a public health emergency. Kirsten holds degrees in Emergency Management, Environmental Science, Business Administration and a Masters in Management.