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Preparedness and Emergency Response Systems

The ADH Emergency Response and Preparedness program coordinates training and exercises tailored for public health emergency response. These training and exercise programs are designed to enhance the capacity of the health and medical systems to respond to and recover safely from catastrophic health emergencies which could include incidents of terrorism, pandemic outbreaks, a large scale evacuation and even hospitals experiencing surge capacity. This program not only benefits our local public health infrastructure but also provides opportunities for our partners to participate and exercise their response components.

ADH will coordinate and lead local, regional and statewide exercises focused on a public health response. Regional teams will be available to provide guidance on improving the overall health response through training and exercise following the federal HSEEP guidelines.


Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

The ADH EOC is used to integrate regional, state and national public health assets for manmade and natural disasters and other public health emergencies. The EOC fulfills this function by gathering and disseminating information, analyzing the public health aspects of the disaster, assessing and determining an appropriate response, and identifying and prioritizing resources. The EOC facilitates coordination with local, state, federal, and private partners to appropriately identify needs and acquire and allocate resources for Arkansas Communities.


Emergency Communications Center (ECC)

The purpose of the Emergency Communications Center is to provide a point of emergency contact for the Arkansas Department of Health for anything affecting the health and welfare of Arkansas citizens. The Emergency Communications Center has six full-time Emergency Communications Specialists and provides 24-hour-per-day, 7-days-per-week coverage.

Contact: 501-661-2136 or 1-800 651-3493


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