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.
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
Take part in disaster preparedness training and exercises to evaluate local emergency response during and after disasters (floods, blizzards, earthquakes, tornadoes), accidents (fires, chemical spills, and broken water or sewer structures), and acts of terrorism.
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 different types of emergencies. Putting together a family plan will help your family know where each other are when something happens.
It is important that your family is also prepared to listen to instructions from local officials and can respond in a way that keeps you all safe.
Preparedness for People with Developmental Disabilities
For organizations and volunteers who, during a disaster or emergency situation, expect to interact with people who have developmental disabilities and/or functional needs, we offer the following information:
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