VCHA has two emergency planners, one for the community and one for the hospital.
Funding has been received from the federal government to add VCHA's smallpox response plan to the BRAT plan.
VCHA joined with other Vancouver first responders to work on a CBRN plan.
During major emergencies, a VCHA environmental health officer is assigned to the EOC to communicate information back to the public health authorities.
VCHA environmental health officers have received training in emergency preparedness.
VCHA is dedicated to a 24-hour, seven-day-per-week response capacity for the Vancouver communities.
VCHA environmental health officers have had several opportunities over the last few years to participate in emergency response, either in response roles or backing up colleagues who responded and could not continue regular responsibilities.
VCHA offered assistance after learning of this need; it had environmental health professionals who were both interested in assisting and qualified to assist.
The use of VCHA's environmental health professionals in preparedness for both large-scale and everyday emergencies provides several examples of how environmental health professionals can be utilized in emergency preparedness in the United States.
This observation also relates to the 24/7 response capability of VCHA's environmental health officers.
The epidemiology capability provides VCHA with tremendous response capacity.
Finally, VCHA offers support in regional emergencies by providing backup to provincial public health partners when their staff is stretched thin.