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Emergency Preparedness

A key role of local health departments, along with health care partners, is planning.  We must prepare and practice in order to respond to an event while considering the impacts to people in our community when public health, health care or behavioral health systems are compromised or unavailable during and after a disaster.  Be Ready: Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed:  A public health emergency is anything that causes, or could cause injuries or illness to a large number of people. Public health emergencies include the following:

  • Infectious disease outbreaks/pandemics
  • Health-endangering effects of severe weather, natural disasters and power outages
  • Incidents resulting in mass casualties
  • Toxic chemical or radiological releases
  • Acts of bioterrorism.

If you have a non-emergency question about any type of a public health emergency, call Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services at (320) 231-7800 during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.   Visit our Emergency Resources and Reporting webpage for information, telephone numbers, and websites.    Volunteering in Kandiyohi County during an Emergency .

What can you do to be ready?  Prepare for Emergencies (
• Emergency Planning for you and your family
• Build a KIT
• Preparing Makes Sense - Get Ready Now
• People with disabilities and special needs
• Pandemic Influenza Readiness

Plan for Emergencies
• Make a Plan
• Preparedness Calendar
• Take 5 to Survive
• Home Hazard Hunt
• Business Planning
• Caring for Animals

Stay Informed
• Kandiyohi County Citizen Alert System (Everbridge)
• Be Informed
• Get Involved

Volunteer for Minnesota Responds:  Minnesota Responds is a partnership that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs to assist our public health and healthcare systems during a disaster. Major emergencies can overwhelm the capabilities of hospitals and clinics, particularly during the first 12 - 72 hours of a large scale emergency. Volunteers during this critical time can play an important role to improve overall response capabilities.  Whether you work in a health field or not, active or retired, if you have an interest in assisting your community or state during a health crisis, we invite you to register in the Minnesota. Click here for more information.

Additional Resources:
ECHO Minnesota
Safe Driving Tips
Safe Kids on the Go  TIKE: Toddler Info Kept for Emergencies   Child identity sticker
SAMHSA Disaster Phone app for behavioral health responders
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Homeland Security and FEMA
Disaster Distress Helpline: 10800-98505990 or text "talkwithus" to 66746
Public Health Emergency Facebook Page Link