Public Health Preparedness

Public health threats are always present. Whether caused by natural, accidental, or unintentional means, these threats can lead to the onset of public health incidents. Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from public health threats is critical for protecting and securing our residents’ public health. Monroe County Health Department wants to ensure that you are informed and prepared for public health emergencies within Monroe County.

In the event of a public health emergency, Health Department staff can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During business hours please contact the Health Department at 608-269-8666. If you need to report a public health emergency during non-business hours, please call 911.

This webpage provides you with links and resources to other websites that provide all the information you need to prepare for any type of emergency.

Being prepared for an emergency can feel overwhelming! Many people don’t know where to start, so they never start at all. “Do 1 Thing” is a campaign to help you or your business take easy steps throughout the year to help you be prepared. You can take small steps that make a big difference in an emergency. Visit to learn what you can do. Get started by building an emergency kit and making a family communications plan.

A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Find a list of essential emergency kit supplies and download the Ready Emergency Supply List to get started on your kit today.


Disasters can occur quickly at any time and can come in many shapes and sizes without any warning. Children are more vulnerable than adults in emergency situations. Children may be scared and anxious so it is important to plan appropriately and talk to them about what to do during an emergency. Learn more about taking steps to protect children at 

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