Environmental Health

Director: Jennifer Johnson
Public Health Emergency

Preparedness & Response

In the event of a public health emergency or an event that has the potential for significant morbidity and mortality in Skagit County, Skagit County Department of Public Health

  • Coordinates the public health and medical services within the county.
  • Provides disease investigation and surveillance.
  • Identifies ways to reduce risks to the community’s health.
  • Provides health information and updates to the community through our website, social media and news outlets.
  • Works with local, state, and federal partners during response efforts.

A public health emergency or event includes, but is not limited to, the following situations:

  • Airborne disease outbreaks or threats
  • Bioterrorism agents
  • Biological agents
  • Waterborne disease outbreaks or threats

 

Preparing for Disease Outbreaks

Skagit County Department of Public Health works closely with local partners such as hospitals, clinics, schools, businesses, Department of Emergency Management, and Tribes, to develop plans and strategies for dealing with the possible impacts of public health emergency events. The department also works closely with external partners such as the Snohomish Health District, Whatcom County Health Department, Washington State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (DoA), to promote public health emergency preparedness activities within Skagit County.