Ready to Respond to Public Health Emergencies

State and local health departments must stand ready to handle many different types of emergencies that threaten the health and safety of families, communities, and the nation. Learn how CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program helps communities respond to threats.

Public health emergencies occur every day across the United States. Tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, infectious disease outbreaks, terrorist attacks, and other emergencies have all occurred in the United States within the past few years and will happen again.

Communities must be ready in the event of a public health emergency – both those they expect and those that come without warning. The terrorist and anthrax attacks of 2001 clearly demonstrated that states need expertise and resources in place before disaster strikes.

The first part of being prepared is for each individual to prepare themselves and their families. (Click Here)

Emergency Preparedness starts with you

Emergency Preparedness 2020

Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the local Health District level is tasked with preparing Public Health, its partners and the community to respond to adverse events that affects the public’s health in our community.

Activities are planned in cooperation with the public, healthcare and safety organizations in Logan County and surrounding counties ensuring the Central Region of Ohio is ready for emergency events.

  • Cooperative efforts with community, business, healthcare, security and safety organizations have been enhanced to deal with any emergency event.
  • Cooperative agreements have been developed with adjoining counties and healthcare organizations to strengthen the regional ability to provide mutual aid.
  • We perform simulated “Adverse Event” training exercises annually with our local and regional partners.

Emergency Response Plans for the Logan County Health District are located here.   We welcome public feedback on the Plans. Please send comments by emailing us at or calling 937-592-9040.

Prepare, plan and stay informed

Preparedness is a responsibility for every Logan County resident. We cannot control the world around us but we can plan to be ready for when disaster strikes. Help ensure both you and your family are prepared for hazards such as natural disasters, power outages, or intentional acts by starting with the following:

Be prepared when disaster strikes – register on Logan County Alert and get weather and community alerts on your cell phone or email.

Should the need arise for mass vaccination/prophylaxis, the Health District will assume the lead role.   We have plans in place to operate an Open Point of Dispensing (POD) site. What is a POD ? 

Important Phone Numbers

  • To report suspicious packages or substances, call your local law enforcement agency at: 9-1-1
  • Individuals looking for help or services because of natural disasters can call 2-1-1 or visit the HelpLink211 website for a list of available services and contact information.

Help others! When you know you are prepared as an individual or as a family, give back to your community by donating items or funds to a local charity or food bank. Additionally, one of the best ways to give back to your community is to donate your time:

  • Ohio Responds: a personalized volunteer opportunity site shared by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH)
  • Medical Reserve Corps: The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds
  • Red Cross: An international organization dedicated to providing assistance in a variety of ways

Important Helpful Links

American Red Cross Preparedness – ARC

Centers for Disease Control Preparedness – CDC

Emergency Management Agency Preparedness – FEMA

Ohio Department of Health Preparedness – ODH

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