Welcome to the Emergencies and Disasters Section
of the Winnebago County Health Department Website
The Winnebago County Health Department is the lead agency in Winnebago County for public health related emergencies and supports all other agencies when an emergency is not related to strictly public health responses. Examples of public health emergencies include pandemics, epidemics, bioterrorism and any unusual event that affects the health of a large segment of the population of Winnebago County.
Within the Winnebago County Health Department is the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. The Office is charged with updating and evaluating the Health Department Emergency Operations Plan and providing liaison between the Health Department and government agencies at the local, state and federal level, as well as between the Health Department and the residents of Winnebago County.
In June, 2009 the Winnebago County Health Department All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) was officially recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) as meeting the requirements for recertification as 'Project Public Health Ready' (one of only 4 Counties in the nation to receive this recoginition during the first round). The EOP submitted was a culmination of efforts begining in 2001 with the creation of the Bioterrorism Response Plan and expanded to include a Pandemic Flu Response Plan in 2006. The EOP is constantly updated through the efforts of many County agencies, social service organizations and non-profit groups and through the Rockford Health Council Infectious Diseases Comittee.
ILLINOIS YELLOW DOT PROGRAM
The Illinois Department of Transportation has instituted the YELLOW DOT PROGRAM. Participants would put medical information on a yellow card they keep in their glove compartment. The program aims to improve roadway safety by providing first responders with crucial information for treating injuries or health emergencies following a road incident.
For more information on the program, please view the Yellow Dot of Illinois informational video through this link: www.youtube.com/watch
The Yellow Dot Planning Committee of Winnebago County will be requesting supplies and providing information to first responder agencies in Winnebago County and will announce the beginning of the public awareness campaign in January 2013.
With Smartphones becoming commonplace, apps specializing in disaster preparedness and response are useful tools to have. A list of 5 apps that can be helpful (please note, not all are free) include:
For information on food safety following a storm, please visit: http://www.foodsafety.gov/
Winnebago County Warming Centers
Temperatures are falling as a result of the normal seasonal downturn, but are merging with the highj winds from the remanants of Hurricane Sandy to produce cold wind chills, especially at night. Winnebago County has opened WARMING CENTERS:
- Carpenter's Place
1149 Railroad Ave. Rockford
Mon–Fri 8:15am – 3:00pm
- Salvation Army
1706 – 18th Ave. Rockford
Mon–Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm
If family with minors, signed release needed
- Winnebago County Justice Center
650 W. State St. Rockford
Lobby open 24 hrs/7 days a week
- Women's Crisis Center
809 Cedar St. Rockford
Women and Children Only
8:00am – 5:00pm/7days a week
- Public Safety Building
420 W. State St. Rockford
Lobby open if 32 degrees or below
Mon-Fri 7:00am – 5:00pm
- Rockford Rescue Mission
715 W. State St.
24 hrs/7 days a week
Meals served 3 times per day at
7:00am - Noon - 5:30pm
- Pecatonica Village Hall
405 Main St. Pecatonica
Mon-Fri 8:00am – 4:00pm
- Village of Machesney Park
300 Roosevelt Rd. Machesney Park
Mon-Fri 8:00am – 4:30pm
- Harlem Community Center
900 Roosevelt Rd., Machesney Park
Mon-Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm
- Bay View Community Room
238 Northway Park Rd. Machesney Park
Mon - Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm
Persons with functional needs often require extra assistance in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Part of this is being personally prepared and gathering as much information as possible about being prepared for a disaster.
For more information on how to be personally prepared for person with functional needs, please follow the link below:
For information on public health situations in Winnebago County, please click on the link below for the latest monthly update from the WCHD Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response:
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION