This 2016 National Preparedness Month, CDC joined more than 3,000 global, national, regional, and local government organizations, as well as private and public institutions, to promote the importance of being ready for emergencies through the power of preparedness.
- Prepare globally. Diseases know no borders, which is why countries need to work together to stop epidemics quickly and close to the source.
- Prepare to respond. A cornerstone of response, emergency operations centers are where highly trained experts monitor information, prepare for known (and unknown) public health events, and gather to exchange information and make decisions in an emergency.
- Prepare locally. Every response is local, and state and local health departments are first responders for public health emergencies.
- Prepare together. Communities need to work together to help each other, including protecting those with unique needs like children in schools and people with disabilities.
- Prepare yourself. Individuals can take action now by having a family reunification plan and an emergency kit with basic supplies, medicines, and local emergency phone numbers.
For more information on planning and preparing for potential public health emergencies, please visit the Jefferson County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Web Page. Download and view the CDC infographic on preparedness.