An epidemic is a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time. Pandemics are epidemics that have reached global proportions. As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, Kitsap County is vulnerable to the spread of infectious disease. Based on a recent assessment of Kitsap County, epidemics are rated a moderate risk threat.
What is KCDEM doing to address epidemics?
Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management (KCDEM) works with the Kitsap Public Health District and others during pandemics. Projects include:
Establish an Emergency Operations Center (EOC.) The EOC coordinates efforts and puts resources towards the most urgent problems. An EOC can be local or regional.
Activate volunteer programs to assist.
Form a critical supply chain for equipment, supplies, and services.
Coordinate regional efforts via an Incident Management Organization.