Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

The WCHD’s emergency preparedness program is tasked with preparing public health, partners, and the community to respond to adverse events that affects the public’s health in our community.

This includes developing and updating emergency response plans, maintaining supplies and equipment used during a response, and providing training and exercises to build, support, and promote whole community readiness.

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How can you prepare, plan, and stay informed?


Learn more about being prepared in case of a disaster at Be Red Cross Ready. Visit the Ready Campaign’s website to learn more about preparing for emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. There’s a section for Families, Kids and Businesses. Also, learn what to include in an emergency supply kit.


Make a plan:

Create a plan for what you and your family will do during an emergency, including how you will get to a safe place, how you will contact each other, and how you will get back together. Then, practice your plan on a regular basis. Visit Ready.gov to learn more about emergency plans for families, businesses, and faith-based organizations.

Stay informed:

Learn what protective measures to take before, during and after an emergency. Know what hazards could happen in your community and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful.

Sign up for Williams County Alert 86 community emergency notifications.