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Office of Health Preparedness

The Office of Health Preparedness

The Office of Health Preparedness (OHP) is located within the Ohio Department of Health and was created in 2005.  Our Mission is to assure an effective statewide health response through planning and collaboration.


  1. Effectively and efficiently respond
  2. Ensure daily operations are efficient and accountable
  3. Support local health departments and healthcare systems in meeting established performance measures for planning and responding to all-hazards incidents
  4. Provide stewardship of federal funds by meeting accountability and compliance requirements and measuring progress on performance measures

Contact Us
Office of Health Preparedness
35 East Chestnut Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-644-6133

Emergencies are addressed 24 hours per day at local health departments. To find yours, click here.

The Office of Health Preparedness provides management of the federal all hazards preparedness grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health and Human Services (HSS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).  Much of this grant money is provided to local health districts and hospitals but some is used to fund programs across the agency (e.g. laboratory, epidemiology, and the wide area network).  The Office provides management, technical advice and oversight of the sub-grants to local health districts (LHDs), hospitals and the Poison Control Centers.

The Office of Health Preparedness conducts emergency planning, responds to emergencies in the state, coordinates training and exercises conducted by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and oversees sub-grantee activities at the local health departments.  The ODH emergency communications systems are managed by the OHP: the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) and the Ohio Public Health Communication System (OPHCS).  MARCS is an 800 MHz radio and data network that provides statewide, secure, reliable public service wireless communication for ODH, LHDs, hospitals, public safety and first responders.  OPHCS is a secure web-based information and communications system available on a 24/7/365 basis for distribution of health alerts, dissemination of prevention guidelines, coordination of disease investigation efforts and preparedness planning.

A final critical mission of the Office of Health Preparedness is the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program.  During a manmade or natural disaster, OHP coordinates the receipt and distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies from the federal stockpile.  The OHP is prepared to receive an array of critical pharmaceuticals that can be deployed in as little as 12 hours from receipt of delivery to the state for an event such as an Anthrax attack or a Pandemic.  OHP also assures planning by LHDs and healthcare facilities to administer the stockpile material to the public in an emergency.


Reviewed 9/8/2015