Gilmer County Health Department acts as the primary administrative agency for health threats and health-related aspects of disasters affecting Gilmer County as part of the national preparedness system as mandated in U.S. Presidential Policy Directive - 8. In this regard the agency places emphasis on involving the community in preparing for natural disasters; biological, chemical, or terrorist attacks; pandemic influenza and other diseases; mass casualties; and mass immunization or medication dispensing to county residents and affected visitors.
Gilmer County Health Department's main objectives are to:
- Maintain and provide public health services during health-related and other disaster or emergencies.
- Educate the public regarding health and disease during disasters or emergencies.
- Conduct disease and health surveillance for purposes of situational awareness and to inform emergency response efforts.
- When necessary and applicable, mass dispense medications and vaccines to county residents.
- Manage and recruit trained professionals and other interested individuals to the local medical volunteer registry (WVREDI).
- Assist families and businesses prepare for health-related and other disasters and emergencies.
- Prepare and maintain health and pandemic response annexes of the broader Gilmer County emergency response plan.
- Exercise health emergency response plans.
- Train medical and other volunteers in Gilmer County in health response roles in accordance with health response plans.
- Prepare and maintain Gilmer County Health Department specific continuity of operations plans.