Kane County Coroner Rob Russell on Wednesday announced a new, proactive mass-casualty preparedness partnership with the Kane County Health Department, according to a news release.
“Because of this partnership, Kane County residents will be much better served in the event of a mass-casualty incident,” Russell said in the release.
This cooperation has already translated into the purchase of mass-casualty equipment through the Health Department’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant, the release stated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website states that preparedness activities funded by the Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement are targeted specifically for the development of emergency-ready public health departments that are flexible and adaptable. Part of this agreement deals with fatality management, which is the responsibility of the coroner’s office, the release stated.
Russell met with Kane County Health Department and Emergency Management officials in hopes of finding relevant areas of partnership.
As a result, the coroner’s office was awarded $2,500 to purchase supplies for responder safety.
“We were able to purchase masks, autopsy equipment and other safety equipment for each of the coroner’s office responders,” Russell said in the release.