PHO is an active participant in Emergency Preparedness Week (May 6-12). This annual event is a Canada-wide venture to promote awareness of individual and family preparedness. Emergency preparedness encourages individuals and organizations to take actions that will keep them protected during emergencies. This shared responsibility ensures that when unexpected events occur that could negatively impact the health of Ontarians, PHO is ready to work with our public health partners and staff to minimize that impact.
Depending on the type of emergency, PHO may be involved in supporting the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, public health units, and other health professionals as they plan for and respond to health emergencies. This support can take the form of the continued provision of scientific and technical advice, as well as the continuity of laboratory services.
In addition to having established emergency protocols in place, PHO offers an online course in Emergency Preparedness aimed at public health professionals. The Public Health Emergency Preparedness online course discusses definitions, concepts and strategies over a series of three modules. A certificate of completion is available after accessing all three modules.
PHO remains committed to emergency preparedness and ensuring that we are able to continue our essential services, even in unpredictable times.