Please click here for up-to-date information from the Portage County Public Health Department regarding COVID-19.  Links to Portage County Daily Press Releases and county Health Department Situation Reports can be found in the ‘In The Spotlight’ box below.  If you have general questions regarding COVID-19 call 211.  

Public Health Planning & Preparedness

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Disasters Dont Plan AheadPREVENT. PROMOTE. PROTECT.

The Portage County Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program plans, responds, and aids in the recovery from threats to health including:  infectious disease, severe weather, and man-made disasters.   We work with emergency responders, healthcare providers, individuals, families, businesses, community organizations, and schools to educate, prepare and protect residents and visitors.

  • Examples of public health emergencies include:

    • Infectious Disease

    • Severe Weather

    • Food-borne Illness

    • Natural Disasters

Steps to Take Before Disaster Happens

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