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In today’s environment, public health emergencies, whether natural or man-made, may threaten the health and safety of the citizens within the jurisdiction of the NVHD (Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton). The goal of this agency during a public health emergency is to minimize the impact of these adverse events on the population it serves.
NVHD continues to increase its capacity to respond to emergencies thanks to its dedicated staff, continuous review and exercising of emergency response plans, and a committed volunteer force. The Emergency Preparedness Division works with police, fire, and other authorities to develop functional plans to use during emergency response.
NVHD has developed and maintains the following emergency response plans:
Public Health Emergency Response Plan
Continuity of Operations Plan
Communications and Health Alert Network Plan
Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications Plan
Mass Dispensing Plan
Quarantine and Isolation Plan
Respiratory Protection Plan
Staff and Volunteer Multi-Year Training & Exercise Plan
Incident Specific Response Plans
Ebola Virus Disease
Food Safety Guidance
Shelter & Mass Care Guidance
Environmental Surety Plan
The division also continues to recruit and train individuals to join the volunteer force, the Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps, and serves as an educational resource for personal and community preparedness.
We are currently seeking volunteers 18 and older with medical and non-medical backgrounds.
Following Tropical Storm Irene (August 2011) and Snowstorm Alfred that soon followed (October 2011), the decision was made to establish a Medical Reserve Corps unit in Naugatuck Valley to support emergency response efforts and enhance community resiliency during a disaster. The Naugatuck Valley Health District partnered with Echo Hose Ambulance to create the Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps (NVMRC) unit to support response efforts for the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton.
Don’t let the name fool you! No medical experience is required.
You will be provided all the training you need!