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Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Public Health emergency preparedness is the act of coordinating, planning, and communicating with the community to understand potential threats and effective responses to public health.  The threat of bioterrorism, along with the recognition that many common occurrences like foodborne illness outbreaks, chemical spills and natural disasters have public health impacts, has driven the need for local public health departments to prepare responses to a wide variety of events.  In a public health emergency, Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health (SPRCPH) may organize and conduct the mass dispensing of medicines to the community and share accurate, up-to-date information and resources before, during and after a public health emergency.  SPRCPH trains staff to respond to public health emergencies, collaborates with state and local partners through exercises and drills, and promotes emergency preparedness in the community.  
Public Health Emergencies | Partnerships

Current Topics
Resources to keep residents informed about public health preparedness.
Seasonal Flu | Influenza Pandemics

Working to Keep Residents Safe
Learn more about public health emergencies and what Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health is doing to prepare and protect the residents of Ramsey County.
Working to Keep Residents Safe | Disease Detectives | Health Alert Network | Mass Dispensing | Strategic National Stockpile

Family and Community Preparedness
Learn more about how individuals, families and communities can prepare for public health emergencies.
Prepare. | Practice. | Participate. | Residential Emergency Response Information (pdf)   

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
Learn how you can volunteer to respond to a health emergency.
MRC | How to Sign Up | Orientation & Training | MRC Partners & Resources | Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Resources and Materials
Limited quantities of the print materials are available from Saint Paul - Ramsey County Department of Public Health for distribution and use in the community.  All materials are in PDF format and are available for download. 
Resources and Materials | Brochures | Inserts | Fact Sheets | Handbooks | Order Materials (pdf)

Communicating in a Public Health Emergency
Learn how residents of Ramsey County can get information about public health emergencies.
Emergency and Community Health Outreach (ECHO) | Community Partners