The Angelina County & Cities Health District mirrors the Texas Strategic Vision for health and medical preparedness in Texas in that “Angelina County will be prepared and ready to respond to a health and medical event due to either a man-made or natural disaster." ACCHD is considered a first-responder in a declared emergency event within Angelina, Polk and San Augustine counties.
Components of Public Health Preparedness include:
- Disease Surveillance – acting as an information source and conduit for state surveillance programs. Hospitals, labs, and physician offices report communicable diseases to ACCHD for investigation and mitigation. Diseases tracked include vaccine preventable illness such as Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, food borne illnesses like Salmonella, e-coli, and new outbreaks including H1N1 Influenza virus, West Nile, and Zika are tracked through the ACCHD PHP Program.
- Hurricane/Sheltering Response – ACCHD PHP Division coordinates primary medical care services that are needed by evacuees within Angelina County. ACCHD coordinates with the County/City EOC and local medical community to prepare for and meet the challenges of evacuation and sheltering events.
- Emergency Planning – preparations are made for emergency situations where administration of medication/vaccine may be necessary to safeguard the public. Agreements are in place for mass dispensing sites throughout our jurisdiction.
- 24/7 Response Availability
When disaster strikes, you may need to be able to survive on your own for 72 hours or more without access to power, food or transportation. For tips and resources, learn more about creating an Emergency Toolkit and Disaster Planning.
If you have information regarding a Notifiable Condition, please call the ACCHD Disease Surveillance Division 24/7 hotline, (936) 633-0608.