Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness 

Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility.  We have to work together, as a team, to ensure that individuals, families, and communities are ready.  Individuals are encouraged to:  put together an emergency supply kit; make a family emergency plan; be prepared to help your neighbor; and work as a team to keep everyone safe. 

The Defiance County Health Department receive Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) funds to prepare and plan for Public Health Emergencies. The PHEP grant is awarded to local health departments to address the 15 PHEP and Response Capabilities from the CDC.

DCHD Emergency Response Plan (ERP), Annexes, and Appendices are available for public review. Please note that the ERP, Annexes, and Appendices are for Official Use Only.  To review this plan, please call (419)-784-3818 to schedule an appointment with our Public Health Emergency Coordinator.

DCHD ensures staff is prepared to respond to emergencies by completing continuing education coursework in Public Information, Incident Command, Communicable Disease Surveillance, and more. In 2023, DCHD employees participated in a once in a lifetime opportunity by traveling to Emmitsburg, Maryland with over 20 Defiance County employees from various agencies. During this week long training, staff learned how to operate in the county Emergency Operations Center. The training allowed collaboration, communication, and relationship building among partner agencies.

DCHD is the lead agency for organizing and mobilizing the Medical Reserve Core (MRC). The MRC can be mobilized during a Public Health Emergency, or when the need for volunteers arises in any situation. Learn more about the MRC by clicking the link below.

Defiance County General Health District’s Emergency Response Plan (ERP), Annexes, and Appendices are available for public review. Please note that the ERP, Annexes, and Appendices are for Official Use Only.  To review this plan, please call (419)-784-3818 to schedule an appointment with our Public Health Emergency Coordinator!

Defiance County Health Department  Emergency Operations Training Emmitsburg, MD 2023