A public health emergency is any event or situation demanding immediate action on the part of the public health system in order to prevent disease and injury or to help maintain public health within the community. Emergencies can be natural or man-made.  All of us face the possibility of natural disasters, accidents, power outages or intentional acts to disrupt our daily lives. We cannot control the weather or prevent disasters from happening, but there are steps you can take to minimize risks from known hazards. Planning now can help save lives later.

What we do to help prepare for an emergency:

  • Help local communities with preparedness planning and response efforts
  • Help find medicine and medical supplies during a large community emergency
  • Coordinate the Cuyahoga County Medical Reserve Corps
  • Take part in disaster preparedness training and exercises to evaluate local emergency response during and after disasters (such as floods, blizzards, earthquakes, tornados), accidents (such as fires, chemical spills, and broken water or sewer structures), and acts of terrorism.
  • Participate as a member of the Cuyahoga County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
  • Coordinate planning efforts with local health departments in the five county Northeast Ohio region (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain counties)

Personal and Family Preparedness 

There are steps that you and your family can take now to prepare for any type of emergency. Putting together a family plan will ensure that you and your family know where one another are in the event of an emergency, hear important instructions from local officials, and respond in a way that keeps you and your family safe. You can click on this link to learn more about Personal and Family Emergency Preparedness.
Preparedness for People with Developmental Disabilities

For organizations and volunteers who, during a disaster or emergency situation, expect to interact with people who have access and functional needs, we offer the following information.

Working with People with Functional Needs During a Disaster

Assisting Dialysis Patients During a Disaster


Managing Diabetes in Emergency Situations

Caring for People with Physical Problems During Emergencies

Behavioral and Mental Prep for Children in Disasters

Dementia - Normal Behaviors

Contact Information

Rebecca Hysing, RS, MPH
(216) 201-2000 ext 1602

Heidi Scaife, RS
(216) 201-2000 ext 1603