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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

September is Preparedness Month

DPHHS is encouraging all Montanans to participate in National Preparedness Month. September is a good time to identify your own risks, build or maintain an emergency kit, and create a plan to communicate with your family following a disaster.

DPHHS reminds families that infants and children may have different needs than adult members of households.  And if children are at daycare, school, or old enough to stay home alone, families need to plan on how to contact each other following an event. 

The following websites provide important readiness information.

ready.gov ready.gov/kids
http://www.ready.gov http://www.ready.gov/kids
ready.gov ready.gov/montana
http://emergency.cdc.gov/ http://www.ready.gov/montana

Public Health emergencies can arise anywhere. Infectious disease, natural and man-made disasters, including terrorism, can impact Montana at any time.

Public health hazards in Montana may result from communicable disease outbreaks, food and water contaminations, chemical spills, wild land fires and smoke, drought, flooding, earthquakes, tornados, and avalanches.

As part of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Control & Prevention Bureau, the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Training 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.

Contact:
Phone: (406) 444-0919
Email: dphhsphep@mt.gov