Always informed, always ready.
Disasters, whether natural (floods, winter storms, earthquakes) or man-made (terrorist attacks, train derailments), often come without warning. How prepared we are will determine how quickly we recover when disasters do hit. That message became clear to the United States government after the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks, followed by the anthrax attacks that were carried out via the U.S. Postal Service.
A federal commitment to help prepare Americans to respond to disasters included funding to strengthen state and local efforts. Idaho used the money to create a Public Health Preparedness program that enlists the state’s seven public health districts to build public health and hospital preparedness at the local level. In 2002, Panhandle Health District opened its Public Health Preparedness section.