Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Our Mission Statement

DPHHS Emergency Preparedness program builds, supports, and strengthens resilience in both Montana communities and the Department through leadership and collaborative partnerships to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from adverse events that affect the public’s health.

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 contamination, chemical spills, wildland fires and smoke, drought, flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes, 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.

Local and Tribal Health Departments


Phone: (406) 444-0919

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) provides funding for the Montana’s DPHHS Public Health Preparedness office (PHEP) and Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP). However, the views expressed in written or electronic publications, or by speakers, trainers, or other DPHHS employees do not officially reflect the policies of the U.S. Health and Human Services agency or the U.S. Government, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply their endorsement.