Center For Public Health Preparedness

The Cincinnati Health Department prepares the city for all disasters – from tornadoes to bioterrorism – that may affect public health.

How You Can Be Prepared

Citizens should take three steps to be ready and self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of an emergency:

  • Build A Kit: This should include basic supplies including things like water, non-perishable foods and flashlights with batteries.
  • Make A Plan: Do your family members know who to contact if you are separated during an emergency? This is one question that a family emergency plan will answer.
  • Be Informed: By learning about potential emergencies that can occur in an area, you will be informed to address emergencies if they arise.

Types Of Public Health Emergencies

Man-Made Emergencies

People have caused public health emergencies. Whether these events are planned or accidental, they render casualties, inflict massive property damage, and threaten survivors' sense of security.

  • Bioterrorism: A growing number of terrorists are attempting to spread lethal diseases. Review past attacks and learn how public health agencies prepare to keep everyone safe. Select links below to learn about the diseases that could be used in an attack.

  • Chemical: In the event of a chemical release, health officials may require the public to "shelter-in-place." Visit the Red Cross's sheltering webpage for more information.

  • Fires: Protect your home and family by practicing fire prevention and planning a safe evacuation.

  • Radiation: The Japanese radiation emergency (2011) confirms the need to prepare for the immediate and long-term dangers caused by excessive radiation.

Natural Disasters

Cincinnati faces weather-related challenges year-round. Be prepared for them.

Other Emergencies