With threats ranging from natural disasters to disease outbreaks, public health emergency preparedness coordinates with partners on the local, regional, state, and federal level to ensure the community is ready to respond to and recover from emergencies. We monitor the health of the community, analyze risks and create plans for mitigation, response, and recovery from disaster with health in mind in order to keep Riley County safe and healthy
One of the most important aspects of public health preparedness is preparing for disease outbreaks. It is no longer a question of "if" but "when" disease will strike, and to what extent. The PHEP program aims to plan, train, and educate for any type of disease outbreak on the individual and community level.
As a part of an all-hazards approach to emergency management, and along with disease outbreaks and bioterrorism, the health department plays a role in planning for natural disasters and severe weather, like tornadoes, flooding, and winter storms. Riley County Emergency Management takes a lead role in planning and coordinates response efforts. These efforts include the emergency notification system, Everbridge.