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:
- Snow storm, flooding, tornadoes, extreme heat, etc.
- Flu, whooping cough, measles, etc.
- 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 ready.gov 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
- Extra batteries
- 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.