Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Preparing Washington County for a Public Health Emergency

Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment is responsible for coordinating, planning, and communicating with the community to understand and convey potential threats and effective responses to public health emergencies. These threats, whether natural or man-made have driven the need for local public health departments to prepare responses to a wide variety of events. Many disasters can pose significant physical, psychological and environmental health risks. 

In a public health emergency, Washington County may organize and conduct the mass dispensing of medicines to the community, share information and provide resources. The capacity to respond effectively is dependent on strong coordination and communication with our partners and the resiliency of our community.
Collaborative partners include:
  • State and local partners
  • Emergency Management
  • Hospitals and Emergency Medical Services
  • Healthcare
  • Behavioral Health
  • Public Safety (police and fire)
  • Government administrations and elected officials
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Private sector partners
Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment:
  • Trains employees to respond to public health emergencies
  • Conducts exercises and drills
  • Promotes emergency preparedness in the community. 
If you are interested in volunteering or receiving resources on Emergency Preparedness for you, your family, or your business, please explore the quick links tabs on the right. For specific questions, email