Prepare for Pandemic & Other Possible Emergencies
As a local government providing essential services, including police and fire emergency response, the city plays a primary role in any emergency - a pandemic, natural disaster, local incident or homeland security threat. The blueprint Inver Grove Heights uses to respond to all types of emergencies is the city's Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).
The Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is intended to assist key city officials and emergency organizations to carry out their responsibilities for the protection of life and property under a wide range of emergency conditions. The EOP has been adopted by the City Council and is required by law to be updated every 2 years.
Police personnel have worked with state and county groups to integrate Inver Grove Heights' plan with other levels of government so all agencies can prepare and respond better in case of an emergency. The city is also developing plans for how it would continue essential services in the event of a pandemic or any other incident.
Emergency plans provide a template for integrating and coordinating resources during and after an emergency. The process of updating an emergency plan leaves government better able to respond in an emergency because it requires that officials identify vulnerabilities, inventory resources, outline responsibilities and coordinate communication.
Local government will be on the front line in any emergency as it provides police and fire emergency response, water and sewer service, and high priority public information. That is why Inver Grove Heights keeps its plan current and trains regularly.
If you have questions or would like more information about the Emergency Operations plan please contact the Inver Grove Heights Police Department at 651-450-2525.
Make Your Own Plan
Just as government is preparing, it's important that families also develop preparedness plans. You should know both the magnitude of what can happen during a pandemic outbreak and what actions you can take to help lessen the impact of an influenza pandemic on you and your family. This checklist will help you gather the information and resources you may need in case of a flu pandemic.
Plan for Pandemic
- Store a two-week supply of water and food. During a pandemic, if you can't get to a store, or if stores are out of supplies, it will be important for you to have extra supplies on hand. This can be useful in other types of emergencies such as power outages and disasters.
- Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply
- Have non-prescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medications, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
- Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would like to be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home
- Volunteer with local groups to prepare and assist with emergency response
Limit the Spread of Germs & Infection
- Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, and be sure to model that behavior
- Teach your children to stay away from others as much as possible if they are sick
- Stay home from work and school if sick