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Emergency Preparedness and You

The Emergency Preparedness department at Denver Public Health is comprised of a team of experts who specialize in all-hazards emergency preparedness. We work to identify, monitor and respond to public health emergencies that impact our resident's health and well-being.

Emergencies that the City and County of Denver faces:

  • Natural disasters
  • Snow storm, flooding, tornadoes, extreme heat, etc.
  • Disease outbreaks
  • Flu, whooping cough, measles, etc.
  • Man-made hazards
  • Hazardous materials incidents, terrorism attacks, etc.

How can my family and I be more prepared for emergencies?

1. Be Informed: Learn what protective measures to take before, during and after an emergency. 

  • Visit for more information on what to do during specific emergencies.

2. Make a plan:

  • Emergency contacts, pre-determined meeting locations, medical information, insurance information, etc.
  • Store important documents (property insurance, financial papers, etc.) in more than one place in case your residence is destroyed
  • Options: 1) Email documents to yourself, 2) Store important documents on Google Drive, 3) Store documents on a password protected USB-drive
  • Have plans for sheltering-in-place and evacuation.
  • Know where your family meeting place is.
  • Establish and out-of-town contact.

3. Build a kit:

A basic disaster kit should include:

  • Water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • First aid kit
  • Special needs items (medications, etc.)

These items should sustain you and your family for at least three days.

4. Get involved: Find opportunities to support community preparedness.