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Emergency Preparedness

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 maintain public health within the community of service. Emergencies can be natural or man-made.

Stay informed by following the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) online:

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 Help Yourself and Your Family

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.

Make a Plan


Help Others

Once you are prepared for an emergency, you can offer to assist others. You may be able to help by donating items or money to a local charity or food bank. Another way to help is to volunteer your time:

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Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP)

HPP prepares the health care delivery system to save lives through the development of health care coalitions (HCCs) that incentivize diverse and often competitive health care organizations with differing priorities and objectives to work together. 

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Severe Weather

Weather in Ohio can be unpredictable and sometimes even dangerous and costly. Keeping you and those close to you safe during severe weather requires education and preparation. ODH offers these safety tips to help keep you and your family safe throughout the year.


Severe weather




Updated 2/08/2017