Public health emergencies are the focus of this program and include hurricanes,
disease outbreaks, acts of terrorism, and pandemic influenza.
The Office of Preparedness and Response was created in 2002 at the
state level. In addition the state has four regional teams. Onslow
County is part of the Eastern Regional Office of Public Health
Preparedness and Response. The team is based out of Winterville.
The Onslow County Health Department has developed plans and guidelines for how we should protect residents during emergencies and disasters that could occur within the county. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) help guide our planning.
Annually, the Health Department, community partners, and first responders test our plans. Results of the exercises provide guidance in updating the plans.