Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Preparing Washington County for a Public Health Emergency


Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment is responsible for coordinating, planning, and communicating with the community to understand and convey potential threats and effective responses to public health emergencies. These threats, whether natural or man-made have driven the need for local public health departments to prepare responses to a wide variety of events. Many disasters can pose significant physical, psychological and environmental health risks. 

In a public health emergency, Washington County may organize and conduct the mass dispensing of medicines to the community, share information and provide resources. The capacity to respond effectively is dependent on strong coordination and communication with our partners and the resiliency of our community.
 
In an effort to build our capacity to respond, we work to sustain collaborative relationships with both state and local partners. We collaborate with Emergency Management, hospitals, healthcare, behavioral health, emergency medical services, law enforcement, fire services, public works, government administrations, elected officials, volunteer organizations and the private sector. 

Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment trains all Public Health and Environment employees to respond to public health emergencies, conducts exercises and drills, and promotes emergency preparedness in the community. The emergency preparedness staff work closely with all public health programs to promote and collaborate when coordinating and planning for public health emergencies.

If you are interested in volunteering or receiving resources on Emergency Preparedness for you, your family, or your business, please explore the quick links tabs on the right. For specific questions, email phe@co.washington.mn.us