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What Is Public Health Preparedness?


Today, local public health organizations must be prepared to respond in the event of a public health threat such as:

  • Infectious disease outbreak
  • Bioterrorism event
  • Chemical spill
  • Contamination of drinking water
  • Natural disasters
Both state and local health departments receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to improve capacity in planning, epidemiological response, education and training, public risk communication and information dissemination, and improvement of current information technology resources.  The Bell County Public Health District uses these funds to employ fulltime employees to support local efforts for public health emergency preparedness.  Please contact the District’s main office at (254)773-4457, if you have any questions or would like additional information.

For more information about preparedness see Here you can find information on how to build an emergency kit and how to prepare your homes generally for disasters.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has information on preparedness that follows the Zombie Preparedness theme. This is meant to take part in the pop culture fascination with zombie movies, books, and television, but the information is valuable and engaging for all hazards preparedness. That can be found here