September is National Preparedness Month 2015
National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30th )
Throughout the month of September 2015, thousands of public and private organizations across Texas and the U.S. have been promoting preparedness activities in recognition of “National Preparedness Month”. Although all public health agencies have a role in preparedness and response, September is a time we should turn our attention and efforts towards ourselves, our families, and our communities. Everyone is encouraged to have an individual or family plan addressing what to do in case of a fire, a flood, or a tornado; where to meet if separated; and who to call as emergency contacts. A kit should be prepared with necessary items such as a First Aid Kit, at least three days of food and water, a battery operated flashlight and radio and other items listed here: http://www.texasprepares.org/English/disaster_kit_list.shtml. Individuals should also stay informed on the specific threats and vulnerabilities in their community. Detailed preparedness information is included at: www.texasprepares.org.
DSHS Division for Regional and Local Health Services (RLHS) will be recognized locally, statewide and nationally as key to the support of high quality essential public health services at the local level in Texas. Recognition of the value of essential public health services will permeate all levels of governance and all programs administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas residents and state officials will have confidence in the practice of public health in this state.
The mission of DSHS Division for Regional and Local Health Services is to serve the needs of Local Public Health Agencies, DSHS Health Service Regions, and local communities in building and maintaining capacity to provide essential public health services responsive to local needs.
Spotlight on Regional and Local Health Services
Community Preparedness Section Update
The Community Preparedness Section was moved under the Division for Regional and Local Health Services. This move was effective September 1, 2012.