The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response has received a federal grant of more than $14.6 million to provide funding to 55 local public health agencies, 18 public health centers, 82 hospitals, 15 community mental health centers and several other partners for emergency preparedness and response.
“The funding we receive from the Department of Health and Human Services is imperative to preparedness, response and recovery activities across the state of Colorado,” said OEPR Director Lyle Moore. “The funds are directed toward preparedness efforts with local agencies to build or enhance response and recovery capabilities.”
One project supported by this funding is “I’m not scared if I’m prepared.” This OEPR project provides kindergarten and first graders with preparedness activities to complete with their families, along with a bag that contains preparedness items such as a pump flashlight, water box and other items. The project was piloted last year in Colorado Springs near the Waldo Canyon burn area, where 5,000 kits were distributed, and will be expanded statewide this year.
“Other recent examples include providing funding to Rio Grande Hospital for additional radios that were used during the West Fork Complex Wildfire, building medical capacity to handle an incident like the bombing at the Boston Marathon, emergency operations and public information during wildfires and supporting preparedness planning and training in long-term care facilities throughout Colorado. ” Moore said.
In addition, the funding supports the Cities Readiness Initiative, which helps agencies in large metropolitan areas develop plans to quickly dispense antibiotics in response to bioterrorist events. More information on this initiative is available at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/cri/.
For more information on the CDPHE Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, visit their Website at www.colorado.gov/cohealth.