Public Health Planning & Preparedness

Public Health Planning and Preparedness 1

Prevent. Promote. Protect.

The Portage County Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program plans, responds, and aids in the recovery from threats to health including infectious disease, severe weather, and man-made disasters. We work with emergency responders, healthcare providers, individuals, families, businesses, community organizations, and schools to educate, prepare and protect residents and visitors.

Examples of public health emergencies include:

  • Infectious Disease
  • Severe Weather
  • Food-borne Illness
  • Natural Disasters

Steps to Take Before Disaster Happens

Emergency Procedures & Toolkits

Get Involved!

  • Become a Community Emergency Response Team member!
    • CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
    • Visit the FEMA Website for more information.
  • Volunteer through United Way in the community.
  • WEAVR is a web-based online registration system for Wisconsin's health professional volunteers willing to serve in an emergency. WEAVR is developed to facilitate health and medical response through the identification, credentialing, and deployment of volunteers.

First Responder Safety

Additional Resources

  • Local
    • United Way 211 is just a call away and will connect you with community resources and opportunities to be prepared for any emergency.
  • State
    • Get information and updates within the state of Wisconsin on emergency preparedness.
    • Find out about the coming flu season and best practices for avoiding getting sick.
    • Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) coordinates effective disaster response and recovery efforts in support of local governments.
    • Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Climate, and Health, safety tips: cold, drought, flooding, heat, and infection disease
  • National
    • CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response
    • The Department of Homeland Security ensures that our Nation and its people are safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.
      • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Prepare. Plan. Stay informed.
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • International
    • The World Health Organization is a trusted source of public health information around the world. Find out about health news and issues from around the world.