Emergency Preparedness

 Current Events

What is a Public Health Emergency?

An occurrence or threat to human health, which can be caused by:

  • Epidemic or pandemic disease
  • Natural disasters with health impact
  • Vector-borne disease such as West Nile Virus
  • Food borne illness such as E. coli
  • Bio- terrorism event, with agents such as anthrax

Our Purpose

CCHD Emergency Preparedness is responsible for protecting the health of residents in Cascade County during any disaster or emergency. We develop and sustain public health emergency preparedness and response capabilities for terrorism, disease outbreaks, and other public health emergencies.

Collaboration is the Key

CCHD establishes close working relationships and mutual-aid agreements with many local agencies and organizations. Our partners include, but are not limited to:

  • Disaster and Emergency Services
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Fire and Law Enforcement
  • Volunteer Organizations
  • State and Federal Public Health
  • School and Universities
  • Military bases

Our Major Areas of Planning

  • Epidemiology and SurveillanceMaintain methods for quickly identifying outbreaks in our community
  • Strategic National Stockpile PlanningDevelop strategies to rapidly deliver medication to the public in an emergency
  • Risk CommunicationBuild systems to communicate important health messages
  • At Risk/Vulnerable PopulationsIdentify at-risk groups in our community; develop strategies to meet their needs in an emergency
  • Food & Water SafetyEducate the public and establishments about maintaining safe food and water
  • Continuity of Operations PlanningIdentifying ways to continue providing our services during an emergency
  • Training & ExercisingBuilding our capabilities and testing our systems with drills and exercises
  • Health Alert NetworkEstablishing and testing communications networks to release important health information


 **This project is funded (in whole or part) under a contract with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The statements herein do no necessarily reflect the opinion of the Department.**