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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Being prepared for public health emergencies is a priority of Horizon Public Health (HPH). With strong partnerships and communication, HPH works closely with various agencies such as health care, law enforcement, emergency management, and schools at the local, regional, and state levels to assure the most effective response to outbreaks of disease and other public health disasters that may affect the citizens of Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, and Traverse Counties.



What is a Public Health Emergency?


A public health emergency is anything that causes, or could cause injuries or illness to a large number of people. Public health emergencies that may affect residents in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, and Traverse Counties include:

    A public health emergency is anything that causes, or could cause injuries or illness to a large number of people. Public health emergencies that may affect residents in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, and Traverse Counties include:
  • Infectious disease outbreaks or pandemics
  • Foodborne illness outbreaks
  • Health-endangering effects of severe weather, natural disasters, and power outages
  • Incidents resulting in mass casualties
  • Chemical spills or radiological releases
  • Acts of bioterrorism

Preparedness


Safety Kit

Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.


Volunteering

Minnesota Responds

Do you have an interest in helping your community better respond to local emergencies? Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MN Responds MRC) is part of a nationwide initiative to pre-register, manage, and mobilize volunteers to help their communities respond to all types of disasters.