Emergency Preparedness and Response

Our Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response works to improve our ability to respond to acts of bioterrorism, outbreaks of infectious disease and other large-scale public health emergencies or mass casualty incidents. In recent years, our preparedness efforts have been tested by a variety of events: floods, fires, disease outbreaks such as H1N1 and assisting out-of-state responses such as Hurricane Katrina.

The foundation of preparedness and response is fostering strong and ongoing federal, international, state, local and tribal relationships. Our emphasis on building these relationships has led many to consider us a national leader in public health preparedness, specifically in statewide strategic planning, healthcare coalition building, risk communication and developing cross-border alliances.

Our preparedness program is funded largely by a grant for public health emergency preparedness and response (PHEP) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a hospital preparedness program (HPP) grant from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The two grants require us to develop 'domains and capabilities' that will help increase our readiness for any emergency.

Nathan Weed

Acting Assistant Secretary
Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response