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About Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Johnson County Public Health works as part of a countywide team and has a County Emergency Operations Plan in place to keep you and your family safe.

Johnson County Public Health has coordinated efforts with healthcare providers, hospitals, and emergency service agencies to prepare for the unexpected. Your public health team is prepared to activate emergency plans and communicate with the local media to get you the information you need.

In the case of a bioterrorist event, access to vaccinations and other equipment, supplies, and medication may be an immediate need. The State of Iowa has a "pharmaceutical stockpile" in place, and the federal government has medication and supplies stored through the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The SNS program ensures life-saving medications and supplies are available to counter health risks during a public health emergency.

Public health emergencies can come in many forms such as floods, tornadoes, or even through man-made threats such as bioterrorism. These disasters may occur with little or no warning, which is why Johnson County Public Health encourages every citizen to prepare for the worst.

Personal Preparedness


Build a Kit – gather emergency supplies for a first aid kit, personal hygiene supplies, and non-perishable food and water in case you are without electricity. Check out this list of basic disaster supply kit items.

Make a Plan – make a communication plan with your family. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Check out these tips on making a communication plan.

Be Informed – Sign up for local preparedness alerts and encourage others to do so as well: Johnson County Emergency Notification System