Public Safety

VIDEO: County Conducts Emergency Response Training

The aftermath of a disaster can be overwhelming. Is there enough food for survivors? Is there enough temporary housing available? Is the water safe to drink? What about hazardous materials?

The County’s Department of Environmental Health recently conducted training to ensure that residents affected by a disaster in our region recover safely and that staff is adequately prepared to respond effectively.

Our environmental health staff, some of whom became certified by FEMA, worked with other agencies in the County during a realistic emergency. The teams had hands-on training with post-disaster situations: food safety equipment, personal protective equipment, industrial hygiene monitors, 800 MHZ radios, water sampling kits and chlorine meters and even pre-debris removal assessment and downed power lines.

Suzanne Bartole is a multimedia designer with the County of San Diego Communications Office.