Proper preparation and response may be critical during a public health emergency. At Cobb & Douglas Public Health, we provide training and resources for our partners, as well as education and instruction for community members, to ensure our community is prepared for the unexpected. We collaborate with every level of emergency management — local, state, and federal — developing effective strategies and relaying the most current information to our residents.
Our Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response is always preparing for the unexpected.
What do we do?
- We coordinate response during public health emergencies
- We prepare, train and collaborate with local, state, and federal partners to respond appropriately to public health emergencies.
- During natural disasters, epidemics, or other public health threats CDPH coordinates essential responder efforts to ensure our community receives necessary information, medication, support and resources.
- We provide emergency preparedness and response training and education for partners and community members to ensure that our community is ready for the unexpected.
FEMA Video: Personal Preparedness – Preparing Makes Sense
A short instructional video explaining the key steps to emergency preparedness, including: being informed, making a plan, building a kit, and getting involved.
Emergency Preparedness FAQs
What is emergency preparedness?
Emergency preparedness means taking action to be ready for emergencies before they happen. The objective is to simplify decision making during emergencies.
What’s the difference between emergency preparedness and emergency response?
Emergency preparedness refers to actions which can and should be performed prior to an emergency, such as planning and coordination meetings, procedure writing, team training, emergency drills and exercises, and prepositioning of emergency equipment. Emergency response refers to actions taken in response to an actual, ongoing event.
Who is involved in making emergency preparedness decisions?
FEMA, U. S. Department of Homeland Security, The American Red Cross, Fema State and local officials, as well as thousands of volunteers and first responders such as police, firefighters, and medical response personnel, are all involved in emergency preparedness. These agencies and groups have produced comprehensive emergency preparedness programs that assure the adequate protection of the public in the event of emergencies. Individuals also have a part in Emergency Preparedness. This is called Personal Preparedness. For more information, please visit www.ready.gov
Why is planning so important?
It is everyone’s responsibility to be prepared for emergencies. Initially, emergency services will be consumed with responding to the disaster. It is up to each of us to prepare. Planning in advance will help you, your family and friends manage an emergency in a calm and effective way, which will help keep you safe.
What should people do to prepare for an emergency?
Families should develop an emergency plan to prepare their home, family, and office in case of a natural disaster or other emergency.
- Get an emergency kit
- Make a plan
- Have extra cash, medication, water, clothing, and food on hand to be prepared
- Have a list of family emergency numbers and school contacts
- Have an emergency meeting place
- Stay informed on what’s happening
Visit www.ready.gov for more information.