In 2022, Grayson County and surrounding counties were reminded of the importance of "tornado-readiness" given the devastating storms that damaged many counties throughout the state.
GCHD is working to improve readiness. For more information, visit: Preparing for a Tornado | Tornadoes | CDC
Following the events of 9/11 and subsequent anthrax scares, the federal government realized that our public health infrastructure was lacking in many areas. Since the fall of 2002 local health departments have been receiving federal grant money to build public health preparedness and epidemiology capacity. GCHD has utilized that funding to the fullest benefit for our health department and communities.
As a program, we have been working to develop and implement all-hazards preparedness plans for our health department. We have plans in place to deal with Smallpox, Anthrax, Pandemic Influenza, Receive, Stage, and Store the Strategic National Stockpile from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
GCHD received, stored, and dispersed emergency PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020).
Overall, the goal is to help Grayson County better prepare, handle, and recover.
For more information about emergency preparedness, visit: www.disaster.gov