Health Department

On September 1, 2002, the Erie County Department of Health established the Office of Public Health Preparedness with funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Office of Public Health Preparedness will enhance our capacity to detect and respond to biological attacks, infectious disease outbreaks and other public health threats and emergencies.

Preparedness, Planning, and Assessment

We will assess the public health system's capacity to respond to bio-terrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and public health threats and emergencies. Based on the assessment, we will prepare a public health emergency response plan for the detection and response to such events. In addition, we will develop a plan to manage the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile (NPS) and a smallpox pre-event/post event plan for Erie County. Finally, we will provide guidance and support to Erie County residents during an emergency. See more on emergency preparedness by following this link: PA Emergency Preparedness Guide.

Pandemic Flu Resources

Surveillance and Epidemiology

Because we do not know what new diseases will arise, we must always be alert and prepared to address and respond to any new infectious diseases.

ECDH will provide guidance in the area of infectious disease surveillance, investigations and interventions utilizing public health principles and Epidemiological methodologies to health care personnel and the community.

Public Health Surveillance Data Systems procedures will be upgraded to improve our ability to detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorism events, and other public health threats and emergencies.

Epidemiological Surveillance


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