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Public Health Emergencies: Preparing for an Emergency
The Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response(PHEPR) program prepares public health staff, health care providers and other community agencies to respond effectively to public health emergencies in Asotin County.
We are also a part of the Eastern Washington Region 9 emergency response consisting of Adams, Asotin Columbia Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Orielle, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties under the leadership of Spokane Regional Health District.
In the event of an emergency, the Asotin County Health District will communicate with the public through local media. Information will also be posted to this website.
PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITY
Local health officers and boards of health have broad legal authority to protect the life and health of the people within their jurisdictions. This authority is combined with other local emergency authority and state authority to respond to public health emergencies. The Health Officer .\leads all emergency response activities for the Asotin County Health District and makes decisions on staffing, resources and investigation direction.
Legal authority of the local Health Officer:
- Required to institute disease prevention and infection control measures (WAC 246-100-036
- Authorized to carry out necessary steps to prevent disease and control infection (WAC 246-101-505)
- Authority to enforce the public health statutes of the state and all local health rules, regulations, and ordinances (RCW 70-05-070)
Legal authority of local Board of Health:
- Directed to take actions to preserve live and health of people within their jurisdiction(RCW 70-05-060)