Public Health Planning & Preparedness

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The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program at Portage County Health & Human Services is responsible for planning for, responding to, and aiding in the recovery from major incidents impacting the health of communities. A large part of what we do involves taking a positive and proactive approach in preparing individuals, families, businesses and communities for a public health emergency. The PHEP program engages in collaborative, community focused emergency health planning to address a wide variety of health emergencies in order to better protect the residents of Portage County. 

  • Examples of public health emergencies include:

    • Infectious Disease

    • Severe Weather

    • Food-borne Illness

    • Natural Disasters

Get a Kit

 Make a Plan

Be Prepared

Emergency Procedures and Toolkits

Get Involved!

  • Become a Community Emergency Response Team member!

    • CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

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  • Volunteer through United Way in the community.

  • WEAVR is a web-based online registration system for Wisconsin's health professional volunteers willing to serve in an emergency. WEAVR is developed to facilitate health and medical response through identification, credentialing and deployment of volunteers.

First Responder Safety

Please click on the links below for more information regarding First Responder Safety.

Additional Resources