Planning and Preparing

Planning

Many health departments get their crisis plans underway after disaster has struck. The consequences of not planning for a worst case scenario can result in loss of trust from the public and negative media coverage. Health departments should be thinking about possible crisis scenarios or types of disasters that could happen, and start planning for them before the crisis occurs. Crises include events such as influenza pandemics and other emerging disease outbreaks, bioterrorist attacks or natural disasters. Without planning, no health department can be truly prepared for an emergency.