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Laboratory Emergency Preparedness

Laboratory Emergency Preparedness


The Laboratory Services Emergency Preparedness program is committed to continual improvement of laboratory preparedness and response to all emergencies. We have improved our laboratories' capacities to respond to biological, chemical and radiological threats. With our partners, we intend to incorporate our response protocols to emergencies, including natural disasters, disease pandemics, or perpetrated acts into the framework of every day business.

Sentinel Clinical Laboratories - Revised Definition Now Available

In October 2012, this definition, revised by the Sentinel Laboratory Partnerships and Outreach Subcommittee, was published.

The criteria for certification as a Sentinel Clinical Laboratory in Montana are listed.

Portacount® Respirator Fit Testing Program

DPHHS Preparedness Programs are loaning Portacount® Respirator Fit Testers to hospitals and other facilities that utilize N95 respirators as part of their personal protective equipment. A Fit Tester may be checked out for up to three weeks. To obtain more information about this new service, contact Crystal Fortune, Laboratory Training Specialist, 444-0930.

To request the use of a Portacount® Respirator Fit Tester, please complete a request form, and mail, fax, or e-mail, using the contact information on the form. For technical details about the Portacount® Respirator Fit Tester, contact the Montana Public Health Laboratory, 800-821-7284.

Exposure to Toxic Chemical Agents

Information for Rapid Toxic Screens (aka white boxes, clinical specimen kits), in the event of suspected exposure of population to agents of chemical terrorism. Please remember to submit specimens to MTPHL (for forwarding to CDC.)

Exposure to Biological Agents

Water Tampering

Drinking Water Emergency Sampling (DWES)



Unknown Substance Sampling

Submission of Samples to MT LSB