Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Public Health emergencies can arise anywhere. Natural, technological, and human-caused disasters can impact Montana at any time. Public health hazards in Montana may result from communicable disease outbreaks, food and water contaminations, chemical spills, wildland fires and smoke, drought, flooding, earthquakes, tornados, and avalanches.
As part of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Control & Prevention Bureau, Montana's Public Health Emergency Preparedness works to help local and tribal health jurisdictions prepare for and respond to health emergencies, coordinate local surveillance and response systems, and keep Montana citizens informed of any public health-related emergencies.
Federal grant funds strengthen public health and hospital preparedness on a state, regional, and local level throughout Montana, with the majority of funds distributed to local and tribal health partners.
September is National Preparedness Month, when all Americans are encouraged to focus on preparing for emergencies, including making plans to protect their health. There are many reasons to prepare your health for an emergency. They start with your family and friends and extend to your neighbors and community at large. But most Americans don't have supplies set aside or plans in place to protect themselves or their family’s health and safety in the event of a natural disaster. The good news is that it's never too late to prepare for a public health emergency. You can take actions, make healthy choices, and download free resources to help you prepare for, adapt to, and cope with adversity. Learn how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies, then share what you’ve learned with others to help build more resilient communities.
State of Montana Public Health Partners
Phone: (406) 444-0919