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Emergency Preparedness


The Wayne County Health Department is the lead agency in the County for public health related emergencies. The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program develops strategies to protect the public in the event of a public health threat or emergency. The mission of the PHEP Program is to prepare and respond to public health threats and emergencies, such as:

  • Communicable disease outbreaks
  • Natural disasters (floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.)
  • Bioterrorism events
  • Weapons of mass destruction.

The PHEP Program developed response plans to assist the County and our healthcare partners in the community detect, respond to, and recover from health emergencies. The program conducts regular drills and exercises to test and update our plans, protocols, and strategies. We collaborate with local and regional partners in the area through the Wayne County Emergency Preparedness Coalition (LEPC), Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition (SPARC) and the IEMA Region 9 Emergency Response Coalition. The Program coordinates and operates sites that will serve as emergency points of distribution (POD) at which the County will dispense medicine or vaccine distributed by the Centers for Disease Control through its Strategic National Stockpile.

The program also promotes and sustains a Medical Reserve Corp. (MRC) volunteer group and increases awareness through education of community-based organizations and the public about emergency preparedness.


If emergency officials direct you to do so:

contact us:

Jeff Jake, EMT

Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator/ Environmental Health Inspector

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