RICHARDSON – When it comes to emergency and disaster planning and response, staff members with Richardson’s Health Department are on the frontlines educating the community and investigating outbreaks of communicable diseases such as salmonella, influenza and COVID-19.

“We take steps to mitigate the spread of communicable diseases by providing best practices for facilities around the community, as well as personal hygiene practices,” said Bill Alsup, Director of Health. “We also work with all of the food service providers in Richardson, public and semi-public swimming pool operators to ensure there is no E. coli. We also help protect our creeks and streams and air in town,” he adds.

The important role of environmental health professionals within the Health Department are being recognized with other EH professionals on Saturday, Sept. 26 during World Environmental Health Day.

“We want to use this day to thank the public for continuing to allow us the opportunity to provide the services that help keep our community safe and well,” said Alsup.

EH professionals around the world work with health care providers, officials, local leaders, and businesses to educate, monitor, and enforce standards for air, food and water necessities.