Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Anoka County Public Health Emergency Preparedness is responsible for coordinating, planning, and communicating with the community to understand 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.
What does Anoka County Public Health Emergency Preparedness do?
- Respond to public health emergencies, such as an infectious disease outbreak.
- Organize and provide vaccines and medications to the community in an emergency.
- Share information and provide resources to community members to help them plan ahead.
Anoka County communicates with partners regularly to make sure we work together during a crisis. Our partners include 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.
How can you Be Prepared?
An Emergency Kit should help take care of you and your family for at least 3 days during an emergency.
A kit does not need to be made all at once. You can pick up an item or two each time you are at the store and build your kit when you have time to make it a family or group activity.
For more information on the benefits of having an emergency kit and for a detailed list of items to include, visit Ready.gov/Build-A-Kit.
It is important to have an emergency plan in place because you may not be with your loved ones when a disaster strikes. By having a plan, you and your family will know where to go, who to call, and what to do during an emergency.
Knowing the emergency plans for your work and/or school will also help you stay prepared. If there are not emergency plans already in place, encourage your work or school mates to create a plan together.
Emergency plans should include:
- Family members of different ages
- Family members with disabilities
- Pets or service animals
To make sure your plan contains all necessary information, visit Ready.gov/Make-A-Plan for guidance on developing your family’s emergency plan
Volunteer - Help protect our community as a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteer. For more information, email MRC-Anoka@co.anoka.mn.us.
Spread the word - Work with your employer and/or faith-based organization to become a Closed Point of Dispensing Site. More information about this opportunity can be found on our Point of Dispensing (POD) webpage.
Lead by example - Become a leader in your neighborhood, work place, or faith community by encouraging everyone to develop an emergency plan.